Director: Sussanne BierIn her powerfully immediate [Brothers], Suzanne Bier - director of the acclaimed Dogma film [Open Hearts] (MIFF 02) - has fashioned a taut psychological drama of a splintering family. Michael and Jannik are brothers who couldn't be less alike. Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) - always his father's favourite - has a successful career in the military and a good relationship with his beautiful wife, Sarah (Connie Nielsen), with whom he has two daughters. His younger brother Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) has always been a drifter, a wastrel with little sense of responsibility and operating at the edge of the law. When Michael is sequestered on a UN mission to Afghanistan, his life changes forever. Following an accident, he is reported missing - presumed dead. As the family struggles to cope, grief and necessity bring Sarah and her daughters closer to Jannik. Soon the bond between Sarah and Jannik deepens into love. But as time passes, Michael returns, traumatised and embittered after having been held prisoner in the Afghan mountains. But life has moved on...
Love, in Ingmar Bergman's films, carries something of the raw chill of a Swedish wind. [Saraband], his latest and perhaps last film, is no different, delivering intimacy and human connection with a s… More »
Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) is your average prudish suburban mother, until one day she suffers a wallop on the head. With this, she transmutes into a raunchy erotomaniac. It was tow-truck driver … More »
"Four actors, 10 dialogues. It looks easy on paper but let me tell you I will be extremely rigorous." Thus begins Torbjorn Ehrnvall's window onto the back lot of Saraband, which Bergman claims will b… More »
Junebug is an emotionally rich tale of a dysfunctional family in America's South, whose resentments and repressions come out with the entrance of an outsider. The wonderfully understated and comedic … More »
The Child is the compelling new film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Son, MIFF 02), which won the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes, 2005. At the centre of this emotionally powerful drama is a young … More »