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Rated R · 104 minutes · 2009

Drama, War
Danish director Susanne Bier (Open Hearts) elicits wonderfully intimate performances from her actors, and this 2004 drama has so many genuine, low-key encounters it manages to overcome a contrived and familiar plot. The brothers in question are a scruffy drunk (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who's just gotten out of the slammer and an upstanding army officer (Ulrich Thomsen) with a lovely young family. When the officer is presumed dead in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the ex-con reforms himself and begins to care for his widowed sister-in-law (Connie Nielsen) and two little nieces, but then his brother returns home to wonder who's been sleeping in his bed. Anders Thomas Jensen wrote the script, from a story by Bier. In Danish with subtitles. R, 110 min.


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Official Site: www.brothersfilm.com
Director: Jim Sheridan
Producer: Michael De Luca, Ryan Kavanaugh, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Tucker Tooley, Zach Schiff-Abrams, John Feltheimer and Scott Fischer
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Bailee Madison, Taylor Geare, Patrick Flueger, Clifton Collins Jr., Carey Mulligan, Omid Abtahi, Ethan Suplee, Mare Winningham and Josh Berry

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