7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great story, great performances,
This review is from: Brothers [DVD] (DVD)
When Sam (Maguire) goes missing in action in Afghanistan, his wife Grace (Portman) finds comfort in Tommy, Sam's younger brother and the black sheep of the family.
Quite faithfully adapted from Susanne Bier's Danish movie 'Brodre', this film should have just turned up as another unnecessary Hollywood remake from an absolutely fine and recent European movie. Instead it's a real little gem.
Merit should first go to the director Jim Sheridan who - thanks to being Irish/European? - has maintained the low-key tone and resisted any temptation to transform the characters into black-or-white caricatures. Sheridan proves once again that he is a master at extracting very powerful yet subtle performances from his main leads. Portman and Gyllenhaal are absolutely spot-on and even if Maguire's performance is slightly less controlled, they all work great off each other. The ensemble scenes (the very awkward family meal for instance) really ring true.
Just be aware that this is no war/action movie but rather a family drama at heart. But if you don't mind movies whose pace is not rushed, then I would warmly recommend.