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Brothers(Brødre)

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Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden

2004

Rated R • 1h 57m

Director Susanne Bier

Starring Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sarah Juel Werner

Genre Drama, War

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Danish brothers Michael, a loving family man and army officer, and Jannick, a struggling alcoholic and former criminal, unwittingly switch roles in their family dynamics following Michael's capture in Afghanistan. Suffice it to say, things get awkward to say the absolute least.

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80

Variety by

The second collaboration between helmer Susanne Bier and scriptwriter Anders Thomas Jensen once again shows what skilled artists can do with a story that might have ended up filled with cliches.
60

Empire by Dan Jolin

Sounds rather soapy and melodramatic, but director Susanne Bier, assisted by an able cast, ensures the traumas are painfully realistic and subtly observed.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

Everyone involved -- actors, crew, director Susanne Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen in their second collaboration -- are in peak form in this unflinching look at repressed feelings and emotional devastation.
70

Film Threat by Pete Vonder Haar

What sets Bier's film apart from similar fare are the consistently fine performances and powerful scenes of surprising ferocity.
70

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

A movie so nice she made it twice, Susanne Bier's Dogme-certified feature "Open Hearts" gets a slight makeover in her follow-up Brothers, another raw melodrama about three lives recalibrated by sudden tragedy.
75

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Director Susanne Bier is helped by a well-chosen cast, especially the glowing Nielsen, a Danish-born actress best known for American films like "Gladiator."