One new film that has gone a tad under the awards season radar, but might be itching to make something of a comeback is Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers.”
Based on Susanne Brier’s acclaimed Danish film of the same title (translated at least), the dramatic thriller centers on a soldier’s wife (Natalie Portman) who is comforted and develops a relationship with her brother-in-law (Jake Gyllenhaal) after her husband (Tobey Maguire) goes missing in Afghanistan. When he unexpectedly returns, it causes an extreme amount of drama that only filmmakers at Sheridan’s or Brier’s level could play out in a realistic manner.
Lionsgate has provided Awards Campaign with an exclusive clip of “Brothers” that features Portman and none other than Carey Mulligan. Yep, the same 24-year-old Brit who is getting major Best Actress buzz for her work in “An Education.” In “Brothers,” she has a supporting role as one of the wives in Portman’s hometown and in this scene comes over to apologize to Portman’s character. There is some irony in that both actresses may be going up against each other in the same category (although it’s not unheard of). And considering the growing buzz regarding the performances from the Portman/Gyllenhaal/Maguire trio, that’s not out of the question. The filmmakers could have quickly released “Brothers” last year, but decided to hold the film until this late date and if word on the street is correct, it may have been worth the wait.
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Look for more from “Brothers,” which opens nationwide on Dec. 4, over the next few weeks on HitFix.