Friday, March 26, 2010

Family Torn Apart


A remake of the Danish director Susanne Bier’s Brødre, Brothers (LionsGate) is another of Jim Sheridan‘s affecting portraits of families torn apart by violence, following In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Every Mother‘s Son and Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Since it’s nominally about Afghanistan, Brothers made nary a peep in the year-end awards scramble nor a dent at the box office, but perhaps it will have a deserved second life on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s a powerful account of a how the Cahills deal with the news that the “good” brother, Sam, has been killed in action, leaving his bereaved wife Grace and the “bad” brother, Tommy, to forge a tentative friendship. With strong performances by Toby McGuire (Sam), Jake Gyllenhaal (Tommy) and Natalie Portman (Grace), Brothers is a serious, adult drama from the reliable Sheridan. Extras include a Sheridan commentary and interview, and a making-of featurette.

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