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Brothers back to product details

written by talltale September 27, 2005 - 4:54 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
BROTHERS really piles it on, plot-wise, trauma-wise and otherwise. Winner of the 2005 Sundance "Audience Award," it does make me wonder who the audience was (or what state of intoxication they might have found themselves). The movie flopped theatrically here in the US, and while this is true of many films that don't deserve such a fate, I'd say this melodrama--intricately plotted to wreak every last dramatic twist, turn and, of course, tears--is really a load of junk.

All the good acting on view from Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and the rest of the cast just makes it even more of a disappointment. Rather than feeling the full range of emotions that it seems apparent filmmaker Susanne Bier wants viewers to experience during (and especially at the close of) the film, I simply felt manipulated--in surprisingly predictable ways.

Perhaps this is because I've also seen this writer/director's earlier "Open Hearts," which kept me going despite some problems for its entire length. Now that I've seen her new one--which has similar tendencies swelled to greater proportions--it's time for a re-think. But probably not a re-view.


(Average 6.85)
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