In the Realm of PN1997

Friday, April 15, 2005

Brothers

Brothers is an emotionally draining Danish film from director Susanne Bier about two brothers, one, Jannick (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), just getting out of prison and one, Michael (Ulrich Thomsen), being shipped out to serve in Afghanistan. When Michael's helicopter is shot down, his family believes he is dead. Jannick, mercilessly derided by his father, assists in caring for Michael's wife, Sarah (Connie Nielsen) and children. While they continue to grieve and slowly recover, Michael is found by the enemy and tortured. But the real tragedy occurs when Michael is rescued and returns home psychologically damaged.

Well-written script and excellent performances are completely convincing in a story which could easily have devolved into cheap melodrama.

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