Michael has everything under control: a successful military career, a beautiful wife and two daughters. His younger brother Jannik is a drifter, living on the edge of the law. When Michael is sent to Afghanistan on a UN mission the balance between the two brothers changes forever.
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Wondered what, beyond translation, could make a remake more 'Hollywood'. Already so glossy that any empathy it elicited simply slid right off... My part as viewer, too, was as explicitly scripted; I had only to feel what it told me to, each scene. Granted, framing war not as glorious but only morally ambiguous verges on (gasp!) politics, but not so radically as to feel 'foreign'. Maybe the vignetting was too arty?
A strong script from director Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen is brought to vivid life by a trio of fine lead performances from Connie Nielsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Ulrich Thomsen. The story of a husband believed dead, on a peacekeeping mission, who returns with suspicions of an infidelity between his wife and brother that hides his own guilt of an atrocity he was forced to perform. A performance film of fine quality.
Susanne Bier provides some solid direction and her cast is phenomenal. Thomsen (is this guy ever bad in anything?) and Nielsen really turn in some powerhouse performances, and even though the story doesn't always go quite the way you'd like it to, it's a very emotionally honest feeling film.
The drama sauce is ok, but film trying to be more than one film.
What shall we focus on? Father-son relationship, murder for self-defense is acceptable or not, being loyal to your death husband, father-girl relationship! Change of a man who was guilty before.
Details are missed. His beard does not grow, girls attitude changed so fast to their father and we could not catch how fast brothers go through a metamorphosis
Filmi başından sonuna kadar bir Danimarkalı askerin Afganistan'da ne işi var diyerek izleyiniz. Zira Michael Afganistan'da milisleri değil, Batılı steril birini öldürmüştür. Bunun altında ezilir; çünkü meşrulaştıramaz durumu. Afgan bir milis ölseydi meşrulaştırılabileceği ölüm, ona ağır gelir ve adaptasyon sürecini aşamaz. Bu bağlamda yönetmen çok eleştirilse de, esasında çok büyük bir mesaja vesile oluyor.
Una buena historia sostenida por la sobervia actuación de la hermosa Connie Nielsen. Los secretos destruyen familias y los traumas de guerra machacaran los ultimos resquicios del corazon sin salvarse la propia sangre. película que gana a pulso su clasificacion de independiente, muy recomendable.
This is a very, very good film. Multi-layered depth of understanding of multiple complexities provides fertile ground for a well-crafted and superbly acted script. Great direction and editing, surprising plot progressions and some very subtle aesthetic flourishes into the bargain. Several opportunities for all the pieces to fall apart into jumble and nonsense...instead, everything hangs together nearly perfectly.