Brotherhood

Directed by Nicolo Donato
  • Denmark
  • 90 minutes
  • 2009

The love that dare not speak its name gets a new(ish) twist in this intense drama by young Danish director Nicolo Donato, charting the growing homosexual attraction between two Danish neo-Nazis. Former Danish servicemen Lars (Lindhardt) and Jimmy (Dencik) are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when their illicit relationship is uncovered. The subtle, unforced style of Brotherhood makes it more than a dour high-concept rehash of a tried-and-tested formula. The sensitivity of the script and the bravura of Donato’s direction means that the Nazi theme never feels exploitative. The film has interesting, understated points to make about political and amorous violence and tenderness. It’s by making its protagonists live a contradiction that the film exposes the stupidity of ideas that take no account of human warmth or contact.

Lee Marshall, Screen International

Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro, Morten Holstaccident