Brothers at War (2009)



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First-time feature filmmaker Jake Rademacher attempts to understand the experiences, motivations, and sacrifices made by his two brothers, both of whom enlisted to serve their country by fighting in Iraq, by joining them on the front lines and experiencing their hardships firsthand. Isaac and Joe Rademacher are soldiers. Their brother, Jake, is not. Now, in an effort to understand just why his brothers have chosen to serve their country in the way that they have, Jake travels behind the camouflage curtain on secret missions into sniper "hide sites" in the Sunni Triangle, dodges machine-gun fire in a tense stand-off with the Iraqi Army, and follows secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border. Through these experiences, Jake is offered the unique opportunity to explore the bonds between soldiers on the front lines, and the effects their absence has on the loved ones awaiting their return back home.
R (for language and a brief war image)
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Brothers at War

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Rademacher's vigorous commitment to making the documentary, as well as to his large, close-knit family, deserves respect.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Brothers at War would be interesting enough if it merely observed soldiers in their element as they chill behind friendly lines, but this documentary, which begins at a low key, gradually becomes intense and psychologically complicated.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Post
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Insights shared by those left behind sharpen the focus on the sacrifices made by those who go off to war -- a message that might have been clearer were the film not so self-serving.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Times
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Just because Rademacher believes his film to be "non-partisan" does not make it so.

Full Review… | May 5, 2009
Village Voice
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The epitome of an embedded war report.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Brothers at War


An honest documentary about the lives of American soldiers in Iraq, initially conceived by the filmmaker as a way to portray the routine and experiences of his two brothers serving there but then growing into something quite revealing about the relationship between them.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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this was great for a army film but it did have Marines also. love the real action it showed. got to see more of whats really going on. i hope there are more to come

scott f
scott f

one reason i liked this film is it shows what these guys go thru in the war and how they khow that they could die and also shows how hard it can be to leave loved ones behind what it showed to me is being a soldier is a very hard task and you also have to make a commitment to serve for your country

billy lynch
billy lynch

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