DVD - 2011 | Danish
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After surviving a childhood plagued by violence and despair, two estranged brothers, one a hardened criminal, the other an addict, find their lives haunted in different ways.
Publisher: United States : EOne/Entertainment One, 2011.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781417235902
Branch Call Number: SUB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 06, 2016

The sun is always shining on the other side of the street in Thomas Vinterberg’s stubbornly pessimistic downer which seems determined to smack its protagonists sideways no matter which way they turn. Frozen cityscapes choked with snow only highlight the gloomy atmosphere as Nick rages in the gutter with hookers and rapists while his brother passes out on living room rugs and bathroom floors—a needle still stuck in his arm and his dejected son gazing from the shadows. Despite a host of standout performances Vinterberg’s insistence on piling misery atop misery strains sympathies dangerously close to the breaking point thus robbing an otherwise poignant final scene of much of its impact. There is still an admirable film here however and the downplayed delivery of its two male leads manages to offset much of the manufactured pathos.

Dandaman Mar 09, 2012

Great movie. Synopsis: The story of two brothers who lose track of each other after an unstable childhood until they meet up again in prison is the focus of former ‘Dogma’ director Thomas Vinterberg’s film based on a book by Jonas T. Bengtsson, a Danish novelist celebrated for his unflinching realism. The film’s title refers to an horrific method of torture known as ‘submarino’ in which the target’s head is held under water to just before the point of drowning.

voisjoe1 Jan 16, 2012

Warning! - intense movie. It's the story of alcoholism, guilt, and heroin addiction. It makes "The Days of Wine and Roses" look like a Walt Disney cartoon. If you can take it, it was well worth the impact!

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