Directed By: Susanne Bier Starring: Ulrich Thomsen Connie Nielsen

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Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in afghanistan.


Studio Universal
SKU 40721560
UPC 025192879227
UPC 14 00025192879227
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Connie Nielsen, who has played pivotal roles in such English-language films as GLADIATOR, THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, and RUSHMORE, is the powerful and emotional heart of BROTHERS, a moving Danish film set in her home country. Directed by Susanne Bier (who made the Dogme 95 film OPEN HEARTS), BROTHERS tells the story of two very different brothers: Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is a drunken loser who has just been released from prison for bank robbery and assault, while Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) is a well-respected army major and family man, with a wife, Sarah (Nielsen), and two kids. But when Michael goes off on a mission to Afghanistan to rescue a captured radar man, his helicopter is shot down and he is assumed to have been killed in action. The news devastates Sarah and her in-laws, while Jannik becomes more reckless before stepping in to help her and the kids build a new life. But as Jannik and Sarah grow close, it is discovered that Michael has survived--and has done something that haunts him and threatens everything and everyone. Bier's film is filled with tender moments as well as bitter, frightening, fast-paced scenes that are hard to forget. Nielsen is a standout as Sarah, who tries to balance love and loss and then love again with a man she's not sure she knows anymore.
Sight and Sound "Thomsen's quietly simmering performance is BROTHERS' best asset..." 05/01/2005 p.45-46
New York Times "[A] gripping psychological drama....With a fine balance of compassion and hardheadedness." 05/06/2005 p.E20
Los Angeles Times "BROTHERS has an exact sense of emotional truth and a respect for the intricacy of character." 05/13/2005 p.E10
Uncut "[B]lessed with some of the most heartfelt performances you'll see in any film this year." 06/01/2005 p.140
Entertainment Weekly "[E]xpressive storytelling, which accomplishes the rare feat of believably incorporating violence in another part of the world into an intimate study of shifting domestic relationships." 05/20/2005 p.54-56
Susanne Bier
Ulrich Thomsen
Connie Nielsen
Cast & Crew
Anders Thomas Jensen - Writer
Connie Nielsen - Actor
Johan Soderqvist - Original Music By
Morten Soborg - Cinematographer
Nikolaj Lie Kaas - Actor
Pernille Bech Christensen, et. al. - Editor
Peter Aalbaek Jensen, et. al. - Producer
Peter Garde - Executive Producer
Sarah Juel Werner - Actor
Susanne Bier - Director
Susanne Bier - Story By
Ulrich Thomsen - Actor
Viggo Bentzon - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 28792
UPC 00025192879227
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Danish
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks Danish
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Sundance Film Festival (2005) Susanne Bier, Winner, Audience Award - World Cinema - Dramatic,Susanne Bier, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Dramatic
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...this is the kind of movie that doesn't solve everything at the end -- that observes some situations are capable not of solution but only of accommodation. That's more true to life than the countless movies with neat endings -- happy endings, and even sad ones. In the world, sometimes the problem comes and stays forever, and the question with the hardest answer is, well, OK, how are you going to live with it?
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Nielsen,Connie
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Richard Roeper, Ebert and Roeper A tight, tense, extremely well-acted film.

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