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Broderskab (Brotherhood)

Broderskab (Brotherhood) (2010)

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Olive Films is proud to present the US theatrical release of BROTHERHOOD, a film by Nicolo Donato (his feature film debut). Winner of the Best Film prize at the 2009 Rome Film Festival, BROTHERHOOD, a gay neo-Nazi drama, will open at the Cinema Village in New York on August 6 and at Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles on August 20. Other cities will follow. When Lars (Thure Lindhardt) is cheated out of promotion to a sergeant, following rumors about his unbecoming behavior towards some of his men,

Nov 30, 2010

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An unsparing neo-noir with the structure and inevitability of classic drama...

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Within the group, the confusion between rough, homoerotic fellowship among straight men and homosexuality (or the threat of it) sets up a paranoid electric charge.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Adding hot naked men to a predictable narrative doesn't equal titillating or taboo; it just means you've dressed up a messy melodrama.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Sounds trashy, sounds silly, but first-time director Nicolo Donato, who wrote the screenplay with Rasmus Birch, and a superb ensemble refuse to wink, resulting in a film that constantly subverts expectation.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A compelling look at Denmark's hidden race issues and proves to be a stunning, teary-eyed romance between the most unlikely of characters

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
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The acts of violence and hatred they commit are so appalling, that by the film's inevitable tragic end, I was unable to muster the requisite sympathy.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: About.com
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The characters in Nicolo Donato's Brotherhood are the most hateful sort. ... Yet the Danish director manages to elicit sympathy for his leading men.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

The love that dare not speak between two neo-Nazis, and are we really supposed to care?

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As the film speeds along, it suggests but never satisfactorily answers why someone as intelligent and eloquent (let alone possibly gay) as Lars would hang out with a bunch of white supremacists.

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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This movie does the impossible. Make a gay neo-Nazi lead character sympathetic in a blend of "Brokeback Mountain" and "Made in Britain".

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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This tedious, occasionally risible melodrama is a clumsily unconvincing portrait of gay romance in a neo-fascist underworld.

August 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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True love seldom runs smoothly, especially in Denmark. Just ask Hamlet. And in Nicolo Donato's discerning Brotherhood, an exploration of the rebirth of the Danish National Socialist Movement, romance has an especially difficult path to tread.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: CultureCatch
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Audience Reviews for Broderskab (Brotherhood)

What makes of a real man? Brotherhood shares a secret of the discovery of a complicated shared intimacy in a hostile Neo-Nazi fellowship that effected betrayal, hatred, and vengeance. Surprising.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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"Brotherhood," a new film from Denmark, is a brilliantly acted, heart-wrenching drama about the complexities of the human heart. It has a bit of a predictable and melodramatic dimension ("Brokeback Mountain" among neo-Nazis, one might say), but there's no denying its power and humanity. Would that all melodramas had this much quality.

David Dencik as Jimmy, a young neo-Nazi struggling with his emerging homosexuality, is so good and so complex that he deserves Oscar consideration. Thure Lindhart as his love interest is also very good, if a bit one-dimensional. Notable also are exceptional supporting performances, especially by Morten Holst as Jimmy's drug-addicted younger brother.

The film introduces us to a close-knit band of young neo-Nazis in present-day Denmark. Their leader is in regular contact with a well-educated man of about 60, who acts as a sort of father figure to them, visiting them frequently and schooling them on the finer aspects of fascist philosophy.

The film takes neo-Nazis seriously, choosing not to present them as buffoons or monsters. It certainly does not side with Nazis, but it takes seriously the attractiveness of the movement particularly for young white males who lack a sense of family and belonging. The deep fraternal bonds that emerge among them make it all the more wrenching when they have to decide how to handle the news that two of their brothers have fallen in love.

The central drama concerns their competing loyalties. What is more important to the movement, brotherhood or ideological purity? If they choose ideology, how far will they go in spurning their brothers?

A shocking twist at the end adds an extra layer of complexity that was appreciated. I won't reveal it, but I'll say that writer/director Nicolo Donato ponders some intriguing questions about the vantage point of the traditional gay movement. Donato seems to be reminding us that everything is not always as it seems at first. Choose your demons carefully.
August 7, 2010
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One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen, I loved it to bits. Everyone acted so well in the film, the story was cross over of American History X and Brokeback Mountain with an anti climax. I was just so glad to see such an amazing film, blending two of my favourite genres together. Well Done Nicolo Donato!!!!
March 31, 2012
Sylvester Kuo

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