30 January 2012

Movie Review: Brotherhood

I was a bit nervous to watch this. I have not been impressed with the neo-Nazi themed movies. But I was surprised. The movie was good at dealing with right wing extremism without making it a caricature of itself. After all, all political extremism can easily be caricatured but why watch a movie about it -- unless its supposed to be of the slap stick comedy variety.

This of course deals with taboos (citing again to citybuoy's segueing cousins post again). Lars is a Danish army man who is discharged. He ends up deciding to dabble in neo-Nazism (of the Danish variety) for reasons that are not too clear. In any event, he impresses the party leadership with his eloquence and ability to think. He is picked for a coveted lifetime membership by the leadership over lifetime member Jimmy's junkie/drunkard brother Patrick -- to Jimmy and Patrick's lives. Lars discloses his association to the neo-Nazis to his mother and is kicked out of the house. The party, for whatever reason, decided to house Lars with Jimmy. Well, as it goes, it only takes so long before Lars and Jimmy begin circling each other until, well, they encircle each other.

The beauty of their affection is so tender and gentle -- in contrast to the harshness and violence of the neo-Nazi community they have adopted or attached themselves to -- is only heightened by the fact that their association with their neo-Nazi community was intended whereas no conscious volition pointed towards their intimacy.

Thus the gentle and tender love that emerges with Lars and Jimmy in opposition to their neo-Nazi perspective becomes the inner conflict of Jimmy -- in part because of how Lars relates to joining or becoming associated with the party. Jimmy becomes the Christ figure who bears the cross of these conflicting perspectives. But will Jimmy be crucified, like Christ? Or will Jimmy become like Odin who being hung upside from the world-tree Yggdrasil for nine days to attain wisdom and thereby retrieved the runes from the Well of Wyrd?

I'll let you watch and make your own comment.


  1. I usually avoid these Nazi pieces like the plague but I remember Jeff lending me this book called The Mercy Room. Have you read that? It's got a wonderful take on the whole thing. Funny is it doesn't hit you till the very end that the author did not use a single gender-based pronoun. He may as well be gay. haha

  2. i need to download this. not only for the relationship involved but i'm interested in Nazi themed stories.