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Actors: Sergei Bodrov Jr., Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova, Yuriy Kuznetsov
Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2002     1hr 39min

Just as it did for Hollywood directors during the Depression--the era of Cagney and Raft--the gangster genre in the 1990s allows Russian filmmakers to deal with the political and personal issues of a devastated society, wh...  more »


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Actors: Sergei Bodrov Jr., Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova, Yuriy Kuznetsov
Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Creators: Sergei Astakhov, Aleksey Balabanov, Marina Lipartiya, Sergei Selyanov
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/19/2002
Original Release Date: 07/08/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 07/08/1998
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Russian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Czech
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Movie Reviews

One of the best " postSoviet time " Russian films .
Vlad | | 10/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just a kid . Passing by a first scene of the movie ... at wrong place , at wrong time . And we glad , he did . After few minutes he gets our full attention . We realise , he just cameback from the war . We don't know , which one ... but we do . Russian policeman asked him , what exsecly he did there ... I was in the office ... a clerk ,- he unswers . But we know , he didn't . This film reminded me American movie " Coldblooded ". Very quiet , simple , coldblooded and likebale guy . Honest and lifesmart . We understand , that he crossed his line in other place , and now he just doing his job - surviving himself , and saving his brother and few friends from agony and brutality of " NEW " mother Russia . Very deep and realistic film . Very solid 5 stars . Exellent soundreck too .
PS : As Afghan veteran , I can feel Sergey Bodrov's character ... He is so lost in fake reality of modern Russia ..."
The point
Alexey Semenov | West HArtford, CT United States | 03/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It seems that many have missed the main idea of the movie, it's not really about going around and shooting everybody who is bad. This movie really portray's peoples morals and relations towards each other. How they were and how they changed in a new govermental structure. There is something to think about in this movie and there is a lot to learn. Considering that many univercities use it in sociology classes. This movie might not have hollywood special effects,it does not follow same senceless plot,and it doesn't have fearless Rambo running around like in majority of action movies. But it shows how things are with ordinary people. I woiuld say that this movie has a bite of harsh reality. I would highly recommend this movie. Also i would like to point out that if you saw Brother then you should see second movie Brother 2, which takes place in USA."
A Excellent Movie everyone must see
Sasha | Dallas, Tx USA | 08/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In Brother (Brat) Sergei Bodrov jr. portrays with great skill a young Russian returning from the war and attempting to re-enter Russian Society. In the end, Danila (Bodrov) ends up as a hitman with an almost noble sense of justice. With the "bad guys" wasted, and the situation under control Danila's next stop is "Maskva" (Moscow). An oustanding movie, we can but wait for the sequal that has just come out in Russian theaters."
Unexpectedly Good
Ryan Sutton | outer space | 09/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brother was one of those low budget action flicks that succeeded against all odds. The story itself was simple yet surprisingly effective. Danilla is a 23 year old kid just released from Russian military service. After loafing around his home town for a while, he travels to St. Petersburg to hook up with his older brother. But guess what: The brother is a mafia wiseguy, and he puts Dannila to work as a contract hitman. Weren't expecting that, were you?

What I loved about Brother is that Danilla is basically just a kid wants to get drunk, get laid, and listen to his favorite rock band. His responsibilities as a mafia hitman constantly get in the way of having a good time. It was as if he were working at McDonalds, and just wanted to get his shift over with so he could go party. There is something carefree and beautiful about the Danilla character, in spite of the fact that he is a killer and an anti-semite. You can forgive all sorts of character flaws when someone is still young and trying to figure life out. Strictly from the picture on the DVD cover, one might assume that there is a HIGH probabibility that Brother is just another crappy shootem up action/mafia movie. What I saw was an excellent depiction of what its like to be in your early 20s - with performances even non-Russian audiences will appreciate."