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Brothers is the emotionally charged story of two brothers who struggle to find their place within their family after one of them is sent to the war in Afghanistan. When loyal family man and soldier Michael is presumed dead after his helicopter crashes, his younger brother, Jannik, summons previously unseen courage in order to care for Michael's wife, Sarah. Starring renowned actress Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Devil's Advocate), this is a riveting testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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  • Actors: Connie Nielsen
  • Directors: Susanne Bier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ADWDF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Good story, excellent acting.
D. HupFons
Contrary to this opinion, Bier's masterly direction makes the film more about the characters than anything timely or political.
At home, the film is a poignant look at the grieving process, familial commitment, and learning to start again.
K. Harris

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on July 24, 2005
The bond between siblings is often stronger than the bond between parents and their children. For much of our lives, we look at our parents as "the enemy": we love them, to be sure, but it is a love that is flavored with adoration and repulsion at the same time.
But it is with our brothers and sisters that we can ultimately form a comradeship, a we-against-the-world bond-a bond that is never broken, though interrupted surely, for our whole lives.
Director Susanne Bier resurrects the ancient biblical story of Cain and Abel and sets it in Denmark and Afghanistan in her film "Brothers," which tells the story of Michael (Ulrich Thomsen, so good in "The Celebration") and Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas)...two brothers who are as different from one another as night is from day.
Michael is an army officer, married to Sarah (a luminous Connie Nielsen) with two beautiful daughters. Jannik, at the beginning of the film, has just been released from prison and is none to happy to see his father awaiting him for dinner at Michael's home...from which he promptly exits brimming with anger when his father says something to the effect: why can't you be more like Michael?
Michael is the perfect son, Jannik is the black sheep. Michael is dutiful, respectful, has never gotten into trouble. Jannik drinks too much, associates with the "wrong" people and has been in jail for bank robbery.
Then Michael is sent to Afghanistan, is presumed dead from an explosion and everyone's world is toppled.
Bier makes some interesting and dramatic points about what we humans are capable of in times of life-threatening danger and great need. Do we step up to the plate or do we cower from responsibility?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 4, 2007
Format: DVD
On my quest to see every movie ever made, I've been catching up on some of the international films I've missed through the years. One of my absolute recent favorites was not a film I knew a lot about, although I was familiar with its actors. "Brothers" is a serious minded drama from Denmark. It stars Connie Nielsen who has enjoyed some English language success, most notably as the female lead in "Gladiator." The main cast is rounded out by Ulrich Thomsen from the brilliant "The Celebration" and Nikolaj Lie Kaas who was tremendous in Lars von Trier's "The Idiots." Not really knowing what to expect, I found this a powerful examination of love, war, and family--one that doesn't shy away from the emotional devastation that a war can create on the homefront.

Set within a "normal" middle class family, Thomsen and Nielsen play a married couple with two daughters. Into their lives comes Kaas, as Thomsen's brother, a problematic character always on the wrong side of the law. Kind of the black sheep, he spends his days on liquor and women--no one expects much of him and that's what he consistently delivers. Thomsen, who is an Army major, is called to Afghanistan. Almost instantly, his copter is shot down and he is reported as dead. The loss pulls Nielsen and Kaas together as they struggle with grief and loneliness. Kaas ends up finding some real meaning to his life as he comes to terms with what is left behind. But not all is at it seems, as Thomsen has actually been taken prisoner and is alive.

"Brothers" then follows concurrent storylines--one in Afghanistan and one in Denmark. Both are beautifully executed. The atrocities of war are well documented and the psychological implications are well established.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Rogers on January 19, 2007
Format: DVD
Even with glasses my eyesight isn't the best, and I don't do very well at reading subtitles on a foreign movie, unless I stand right in front of the television screen while the movie is playing. Because of this, I seldom buy foreign films for my collection. I made a rare exception with Brothers, starring the lovely Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas. I'd read a nice review of the film by an Amazon customer, and it triggered my interest in seeing the movie. Plus, I've enjoyed Ms. Nielsen in other movies.

The story deals with two brothers who seem to be the opposite of each other. One brother, Michael (played by Thomsen), is a Major in the Danish army, and he's a good-natured person who loves his family and always tries to do the right thing. The other brother, Jannik (played by Kaas), has just spent time in jail for a bank robbery and an assault on one of the bank's female employees. He likes to drink and fight, which doesn't leave a very good impression on those around him, especially his parents. Michael has always been the one who succeeded and got all of the positive attention, while Jannik remained the black sheep of the family. When Michael's unit is sent to Afghanistan to fight, he's in a helicopter crash and presumed dead. Jannik begins to help Michael's wife, Sarah (played by Connie Nielsen), and her two daughters as a way for all of them to deal with the tragic grief. Eventually, Jannik and Sarah fall in love with each other, only to have Michael return from the grave, which creates a rather unique situation for everybody.

There's going to be some plot spoilers so don't read on if it bothers you. First, let me say that the performers in the movie are all excellent.
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