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"This is my life, my family and my friends",
This review is from: Brotherhood [DVD] (DVD)Resentful and bitter at having been passed over for promotion in the army, Lars (in his mid-30s) resigns his commission. He renews contact with some old friends who are involved with a proto-Nazi group, who oppose immigration in general, and Muslim presence in Denmark in particular. Initially, Lars resists involvement with the group, despising its typical thoughtless thuggery. Directionless, however, he soon becomes caught up in the sociability it offers.
Increasingly at odds with his parents, Lars takes up residence with another group member, Jimmy. Jimmy, also ex-army, and a few years Lars' senior, resents Lars - but part of this resentment is the basis of the courtship ritual that soon begins. The tension builds excruciatingly, as the two men are increasingly drawn to one another, yet constantly battle against the fascist ideology by which they have sworn to live.
BROTHERHOOD (Danish, with English subtitles) is a timely film, set against the backdrop of the insipid anti-immigration racism that is gaining alarming momentum throughout Western Europe. One of the film's key strengths is perhaps its invocation of a Lars who had no strong sensibilities in that direction at the outset, and for whom the patriot-nationalist-racist continuum was a far-off horizon. Its increasing immanence attests not to 'ideological beliefs', but to the collective intensities of community... the uniforms, the chanting, the speeches, the open homosociability.
From a technical perspective, the camera work is thoughtful and cohesive, working sympathetically with the strong musical score. If there is one notable issue, it is the lighting: much of the film is shot at night or in dark rooms, and visibility can seem a problem in places. This is a minor grievance, however, and overall BROTHERHOOD is certainly a compelling film; well-paced and brimming with palpable tension. Recommended.