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Winter Brothers (2018)

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A brother odyssey set in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter. We follow two brothers working in this harsh environment focusing on the younger brother Emil, who distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. Emil is an outsider, an oddball, who made a conscious choice for loneliness and is only accepted by the mining community due to his older brother Johan. Emil longs for passion, for being wanted and loved. When a fellow worker becomes sick, the moonshine and Emil are prime suspects. Gradually a violent feud erupts between him and the tightly-knit mining community. Parallelly, Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that the neighbor girl Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, chooses his older brother instead of him. Revenge, loneliness, and lack of love pervade this modern brother odyssey.

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The cast, including Victoria Carmen Sonne, as the object of both Emil and Johan's affections, and Lars Mikkelsen, as the quarry boss, is uniformly strong and singular.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie also has a startling visual texture. Shooting on 16-millimeter film, Mr. Palmason, gliding his camera through snowy woods, has an eye for compositions that rhyme chalk-covered faces and wintry vistas.

June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Winter Brothers may not be completely successful when all is said and done, but it is certainly a singular film.

June 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pálmason opts to use Emil's angst not for a forward-moving tale of vengeance but in service of an increasingly abstract study of environment and interiority.

June 26, 2018 | Full Review…

A confidently handled, promisingly edgy feature debut...Winter Brothers dribbles into obfuscation its closing stages but has already confirmed Palmason and company as names to watch.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

A film told not so much via traditional cause-and-effect plotting as through tactile, textural imagery, expressively physical performances and industrial-tinged atonal soundscapes.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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