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  • Actors: Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro, Morten Holst, Hanne Hedelund
  • Directors: Nicolo Donato
  • Writers: Nicolo Donato, Rasmus Birch
  • Producers: Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro, Barbara Crone, Per Holst
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Unidisc Music
  • Release Date: Nov. 7 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0040Y5K8O

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 4 2011
Format: DVD
Brother hood or `Broderskab' is an award winning Danish film from Director and co-writer Nicolo Donato, this is his first feature, but he has done pop videos for the likes of `The Ravonettes'. This then is a much improved step in the right direction.

It tells the story of Lars (Thure Lindhardt), who leaves the army after making proposals to some of his men whilst on out for drinks. He goes home but sort of drifts into a neo-Nazi gang. He is at first disgusted, but is persuaded to come to a beach party, and slowly starts to work with the violent thugs. This includes homophobic acts including unprovoked attacks on people and property. They are also anti Muslim and believe they are upholding the `laws of nature'. After his Mum tries to get him re enlisted to the army, he leaves and ends up with the group leader.

He puts him up with another ex soldier who is sprucing up the organisations beach house. This then is Jimmy (David Dencik), he is at first cold towards Lars, but a friendship slowly blossoms, and then drink gets involved and well you can guess quite literally what comes next.

There are lots of brilliant moments in this film, including a right wing gig, which looks very homo erotic and sort of explains why some gay men are drawn into such activities. There is an excellent book by Max Schaefer which deals with the issues of being a `gay Nazi' - `Children of the Sun'.

This is a really good film that tries to deal with the paradox of being gay yet openly getting involved in `queer bashing'. Lars does do a great speech about Ernst Rohm at one point, and I love that fact that one of the Neo-Nazis is called `Kenneth'. A word of warning, this is gay themed, not a gay semi porno, so do not expect lots of bedroom action, this is a drama.

This is obviously in Danish with good sub titles and runs to 90 minutes, for a first effort Nicolo Donato has done a superb job, and I am looking forward to his next offering.
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Amazon.com: 17 reviews
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
LIKE BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Sept. 28 2010
By F. Tarzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"CRITIC'S PICK - IF YOU COMPARED THE TWO MAIN CHARACTERS WITH THE COWBOYS IN BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THEY WOULD BE IGNOBLE VERSIONS OF ENNIS DEL MAR (JIMMY) AND JACK TWIST (LARS). LIKE THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS, THEY BARELY KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR PASSION. THE FEELINGS THEY RECOGNIZE WITH EXCRUCIATING CLARITY ARE THE FEAR AND SHAME OF DISCOVERY AND CERTAIN PUNISHMENT." STEPHEN HOLDEN, THE NEW YORK TIMES --- Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy meet while training in a neo-Nazi group. Despite their initial dislike for each other, they grudgingly form a friendship. The attraction between the two men soon becomes too strong to ignore, and though they feel torn between the ideology and emotions, they begin a secret relationship. The price of betraying the group is high, but when Lars and Jimmy make their final decision, destiny deals them one last fateful hand.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Great! Dec 26 2010
By Carlos Peixoto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Despite the Nazi bad feelings ( it almost made me turn off the dvd ) the love story touched me deep. The love scenes are great. The actors are so real - their eyes, the sex scenes awsome! The places and the lights in the film matches with the tenderness or the violence of the scenes. I love it and I recommend.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
DARK WITH GLIMMERS OF LIGHT Feb. 6 2011
By Darren E. Mathews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a film I find to be disturbing--but in a good way, inasmuch as I am forced to re-watch this film in order to tease out its subtleties. The film features the disturbing Neo-Nazi element, but in a partially and perverse sympathetic light. It features film characters, as New-Nazis, who are concerned about the influx of Islamic immigrants into their country (Denmark), and who worry about the shifts in the cultural norms. The leader of this group of young men advocates non-violent and 'intellectual' protests against these immigrants, and of the watering-down of Danish society. This so-called intelligent approach is the attraction the Leader has for Lars, the main character. Lars is booted out of the Danish army because of a spectral complaint against him by one of his men, who claimed he was 'touched inappropriately'. This puts Lars, a very handsome and reflective young man, adrift and makes him a ripe target for the Leader of the Group, who wants Lars' intelligent mind and articulation skills for the work of saving Denmark for the Danes. Lars is paired up with Jimmy, another group member, and Jimmy is charged with training Lars for the initiation. This Jimmy does reluctantly, since it means that Jimmy's little brother will likely be displaced for Lars. Lars and Jimmy are attracted to one another, but take a while to act on this, as they are both closetted. However, in living together and working together, they do become intimate, and this is observed by Jimmy's disillusioned brother, who reports the homosexual conduct to the group leader. And this is the time when the group leader does advocate, and enact, violence upon Jimmy and Lars, in beating them out the group.
This film has to be watched closely and carefully, for it is full of subtleties. The dim lighting of the film foreshadows this. This film is subtle because of all the paradoxes which do not get reconciled--e.g. the New Nazi group leadership wants to dissociate themselves from the traditional violence that has plagued other such groups, and instead wishes to appeal to logic in order to change society; yet violence is the result when the group leaders believe they are threatened from within. The group leadership advocates freedom of choice for its candidates to group membership; yet pressure is increasingly put upon Lars to accept a membership about which he is increasingly doubtful. The group wants respectability and so polices the conduct of its members and discourages, among other practices, drug use; yet some of the members lure homosexuals into beat-down traps.
This film does well in showing many of the complexities and inconsistencies to be found in most of us--regardless of the label and classification we append to ourselves. As such, this film, though dark, has many redeeming qualities in the light.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tender-creepy Tale of Paranoid Lust Jan. 15 2011
By C. Rothlind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you like your human conflict knotty, you should enjoy the ugly-courageous Brotherhood. But if you're at all squeamish, be prepared to squirm. The film is fraught with the forbidden: homosexual desire, same-sex violence, racism, fascist ideology, etc. It does not flinch, but you will.

Brutal-tender in the way the Danes excel at, Brotherhood takes no prisoners as it marches us into the marshes of social deviance. It's bitter, blunt and unredeeming, though not without an austere kind of beauty. Love among the degenerate. The smallest of miracles, but miraculous nonetheless..

As a piece of film-making it feels like a somewhat sedate version of the Dogma 95 movement and aesthetic. But the hand-held approach never feels like you're on a carousel. Just enough unsteadiness to augment the all pervasive sense of unnervedness. That approach has become standard in the industry, but it feels organic here; the interplay of camera movement with the actors' gestures and reactions precisely calibrated in an understated, quasi throw-away fashion. It works.

The muted color palette and general darkness add to the mood of forsakenness.

The dvd looks creamy rather than razor-sharp. I suspect that is due to cinematographic choices rather than an inadequate transfer.

Bottom line: this is not a gay movie, but one about the vicissitudes of homosocial bonding through shared hatred and alienation and the fate of tenderness in a subculture of the vicious. It's a necessary film, which makes watching it obligatory.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
WOW! Sept. 9 2011
By DCarsonHagy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Yes, that's the first thought that springs to mind when thinking of this movie: WOW! "Brotherhood" tells the story of Lars, a Danish officer, who is up for promotion to Sergeant. However, because one of his "men" complained that he made a pass at him, Lars is denied the promotion. He leaves the Army and returns home not really knowing what direction he wants to go.

He then encounters the local White Supremacist group and--apprehensively--decides to give that a try (I think out of sheer boredom). Fatty, the leader of the group, becomes quite smitten with Lars because he sees him as very educated and a great leader--qualities that the majority of his group lack. Lars is then teamed with Jimmie for indoctrination into the group...and a funny thing happens: both men find they are very attracted to each other. That is all I will give away about the plot.

I find other comnparisons of the characters in "Brotherhood" to the characters in "Brokeback Mountain" to be spot-on. Two men, in love, but because of their surroundings and their society, they can never express their love unless it's behind closed doors. The ending of the movie was gut-wrenching. The love scenes in this movie were handled with the professionalism required; this is not an attempt to peddle soft-corn porn. This is a love story. And a love story that touched me very deeply. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


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