Brothers (Denmark; 110 min.)

directed by: Susanne Bier
starring: Connie Nielsen; Ulrich Thomsen; Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Michael says: "Susanne Bier made a splash among Chlotrudis members with 2002’s OPEN HEARTS. In BROTHERS she creates a situation involving Michael (Ulrich Thomsen), a major in the Danish army who is being sent to Afghanistan as part of a UN peacekeeping mission, his brother Jannick (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a rebellious type freshly released from prison after serving time for a robbery and assault, and his wife, Sarah (Connie Nielsen). When Michael’s helicopter is shot down and he is presumed dead, Jannick must grow up in order to help Sarah and her two daughters deal with Michael’s absence. When Michael returns after months of hellish imprisonment, he is a changed man. In order to survive and return to his family, Michael endured intense psychological distress and he is unable to confide in anyone. The resulting post-traumatic stress disorder affects him and his family in this intense, emotionally arresting film. Bier keeps the story challenging by never allowing things to follow a conventional route. Danish actress Sarah Juel Werner puts in a strong performance as Michael and Sarah’s older daughter. BROTHERS was written by Anders Thomas Jensen, who co-wrote WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF. 4 cats"

This film was shown at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival