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Set against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Susanne Bier's intense and emotionally devastating Brothers examines the relationship between Jannick (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), an alcoholic ne'er-do-well just released from prison, and his brother Michael (Ulrich Thomsen), a career soldier who's as solid a family man as they come. He also spent much of his early life protecting Jannick from others and himself. Michael, his wife Sarah (Connie Nielsen) and their daughters live a virtually idyllic life in a large house they're forever restoring. The only problem, besides Jannick, is that Michael is being shipped out to Afghanistan as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. When the helicopter carrying Michael is shot down and he's presumed dead, Jannick is forced to grow up and help out his sister-in-law ? a difficult task given Sarah's suspicion of him and his father's withering contempt. Gradually, Jannick and Sarah grow closer, but things are complicated by their loyalties to Michael. When Michael returns from the war after several months of hellish imprisonment, he's a broken and embittered man. Tormented by what he did to survive and unable to confide in anyone, Michael becomes increasingly paranoid.

Director: Susanne Bier
Writer(s): Anders Thomas Jensen based on a story by Susanne Bier
Cast: Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sarah Juel Werner, Rebecca L?gstrup Soltau

Release Date: May 6, 2005
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Distributor: ThinkFilm
Genre: Drama
Rating: Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity.


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