- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: September 20, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Universal Studios
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - Danish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2005
"Thomsen's quietly simmering performance is BROTHERS' best asset..."
New York Times - 05/06/2005
"[A] gripping psychological drama....With a fine balance of compassion and hardheadedness."
Los Angeles Times - 05/13/2005
"BROTHERS has an exact sense of emotional truth and a respect for the intricacy of character."
Uncut - 06/01/2005
"[B]lessed with some of the most heartfelt performances you'll see in any film this year."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/20/2005
"[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."
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.
- THEATRICAL RELEASE: MAY 6, 2005 (LIMITED)