There have been many movies made on the life of soldiers all across the globe. Few dealing with the post traumatic stress of the war. The war doesnot always returns a soldier home in glory, sometimes for some soldiers the horrors that they encounter in war remains with them. The most important thing of all is the suffering of the soldier’s family namely wife, children and Parents.
I think I saw Brothers (2009) movie in 2011. The story and concept is really nice and deals with real issues. It deals with an American soldier who is given up for dead in Afghanistan war but return home with post traumatic stress. There is uneasy feeling with his wife and his two young daughters since his return. The main characters are played by Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. Tobey Maguire plays the role of the soldier, Natalie Portman is his wife and Jake Gyllenhaal is his good for nothing brother, who is criticized by his father for not being like his elder brother.
The story deals with Tobey Maguire’s character feeling that his wife slept with his brother, this issue gets fueled when his own daughter shouts on him saying that “you are just mad, that mom would rather sleep with uncle tommy than you” . ( I bet that would send any man into madness leave alone a soldiers who goes out to protect and fight for his nation.) Eventually Tobey’s character opens upto his wife after been taken to mental hospital, as previously he tried to commit suicide. The problem being that he killed his fellow American soldier in Afghanistan. The movie truly captures the emotions of a soldier and his family, it also speaks about how lives of men (soldiers to be precise) are tough if only the world is willing to listen and understand them. The silent pain that they go through for the nation and the people they love and want to protect.
This movie was earlier made in danish as Brødre directed by Susanne Bier. Staring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen and Ulrich Thomsen. Connie Nielsen is the partner of Metallica band drummer Lars Ulrich. She also started in the Gladiator as Marcus Aurelius’s daughter.
It is good movie and one would recommend it to people. Though it had a moderate success at the box office grossing $43 Million on a budget of $26 Million.