For My Brother 2014
For Min Brors Skyld (original title)
1h 57min | Drama | 8 December 2014 (Denmark)
The two brothers Aske and Bastian live with their father, Lasse, in a world of fear, violence and alcohol but the brothers’ strong and close relationship means everything. Aske must serve his father’s sexual needs, as well as paying customers and his father’s friend, Hans. Aske tries everything to keep his little brother out of it all so that he won’t experience the same as himself. But one day Bastian is abused by their father. The brothers choose to move to Norway, far away in the beautiful mountains. Their friendship outshines everything! They are together and far away from their evil father…
I thought this was a really well made movie. The acting is always good enough, and even brilliant in some parts. The scenery is amazing. The characters are engaging, and make you really care about them.
I will say that there were parts which were not perfect. The beginning was a little weak, but good enough to provide just enough backstory, without going overboard.
I actually LIKE the shaky camera work. It really added to the emotional connection. There were scenes where the camera would jerk right as something horrible happened, and it mirrored the emotional jerk that I experienced. In fact, that makes it a bit metaphorical. Everything happening is so chaotic, frustrating and unstable, and the camera makes you feel that way inside which helps the viewer to connect to what the characters are feeling inside. I think it is absolutely genius.
The scenes of the natural tranquil beauty conveys the sense of isolation and contrasts nicely with the chaotic ugliness and violence which is happening unnoticed, as if nobody, even the natural environment cares. This, again, gives you a sense of compassion, and helps you to understand what the victims feel like.
The whole movie is full of poetic metaphor, and analogy. It is a true work of art, and actually pretty well made for such a low budget. You get a sense that a lot of thought went into it. And, all of this with the use of CGI, cutaways, flashbacks, or any of the other usual Hollywood devices. It was so emotionally engaging, and thought provoking.
I like how the ending drops you off, and leaves you wondering how things are going to turn out. It was truly painful to watch, because you really understand how this affects the main boy, and how horrific this experience is for him. Several parts brought me too tears, especially the ending. Any movie which can achieve that is a good movie. Personally, I think that they pulled off something truly magical with this one, and now I want to see more by this director.
As for the subject matter, I think the writer was a little heavy handed in their approach, but it is something which does happen, and we really owe it to those silent victims to watch this movie, and understand what is happening to them. I think they managed to really make that possible with this movie, and I would strongly recommend it as something which all of us should watch.
Director: Brian Bang
Writer: Brian Bang
Stars: Elias MunkChristopher Friis Jensen, Allan Karlsen
Release Date: 8 December 2014 (Denmark)
Also Known As: For My Brother
Filming Locations: Denmark