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Deux frères (2004)

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Release Date
• USA: Jun 25, 2004
• UK: 23 Jul 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 21, 2004
• R2: 6 Dec 2004

Budget EUR 59,660,000
BoxOffice: $18.9M

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG for mild violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country France, UK

Studio Pathe Renn Prod., TF1 Films Prod., Two Brothers Prods.

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• Two Brothers

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Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Epic, Animals, Escape

Tagline: Two infant tiger cubs, separated from their parents and each other.

Plot: An epic adventure of discovery, survival and wonder, "Two Brothers" is the story of twin tiger brothers who are born amidst the temple ruins and exotic jungles of French Indo-China. Separated as cubs and taken into captivity, one tiger is forced to become a circus performer, the other a trained killer. Years later, the brothers find themselves reunited, but as forced enemies pitted against each other. "Two Brothers" stars Guy Pearce ("Memento," "L.A. Confidential") as a romantic explorer whose tragic intervention into the idyllic lives of the two tiger brothers forever intertwines their fates.

Twin tiger cubs, one shy and gentle, the other, bold and fierce, are born among the temple ruins of an exotic jungle, but are one day separated by fate. The bold brother is sold off to a circus, where homesickness and living in a cage rob him of his spirit. The shy cub becomes the beloved companion of the governor's lonely young son, until an accident forces the family to give him away to a man who resolves to break his gentle nature and turn him into a fighter for sport. When they are fully grown, the brothers find themselves reunited, but as forced enemies pitted against each

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 External Reviews
external link...a family-friendly movie made for the same audience that likes to imagine talking animals, although none of the beasts in ''Two Brothers'' converse in anything but expressive roars.

external linkThe baloney factor is sky high in this fiercely earnest tale of a couple of tiger siblings cruelly separated by fate.
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)

external linkThere's no pleasure in bashing one of the few movies around geared to a family audience. But I would have gladly volunteered to lead all the tigers participating in this movie directly into the wilds, just to stop them "acting" in this slow-moving, heavy-handed drama.
--Desson Thomson (Washington Post)

external linkWhile the script and two-legged actors leave something to be desired, Two Brothers won't disappoint families with young children. 3.5/5
--Annette Cardwell (

external linkAnimal-loving kids will think it's lovely, but it's only a mildly diverting time-waster for the rest of us. 3/5
--Jamie Russell (BBC Films)

external linkThere is probably no audience for "Two Brothers." It might appeal to children, but it would be too slow-moving for them. Animal-loving adults might take interest, but they would find it overlong and bland every time humans appear onscreen. If its story were streamlined and some extraneous people-centric scenes cut, it would be a fine film indeed. B-
--Eric D. Snider (

external link...much of the cast give awkward, strangely artificial performances, as if they don't really understand English. Indeed, the tigers frequently seem more recognizably human than their biped co-stars. 2.5/4
--Jonathan Foreman (New York Post)

external link"Brothers" is a wonderful family film that doesn't condescend to its audience, nor cheapen the experience with flatulence gags and other kid flick crutches. It's just two tigers, their journey, and a whole lotta cute along the way. B+
--Brian Orndorf (

external link‘Two Brothers’ may be blessed with beautiful cinematography but it is also cursed with an indifferent approach to storytelling and poor writing when it comes to the human portion of the plot. 2/5
--Joe Rickey (

 Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Enemy at the Gates, The Name of the Rose, Seven Years in Tibet
 Written by
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Too Shy to Try, Running Free, Enemy at the Gates
Alain Godard
Enemy at the Gates, Coup de tête, Wings of Courage
Guy Pearce
Memento, L.A. Confidential, The Count of Monte Cristo
Jean-Claude Dreyfus
The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, Fitzcarraldo
Freddie Highmore
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, Five Children and It
Oanh Nguyen
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu
Vatel, Three Men and a Cradle, Neuf mois
Moussa Maaskri
Vidocq, Requiem, Payoff
Vincent Scarito
Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry
 Music By
Stephen Warbeck
Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot, Mystery Men

external linkThe film does conclude with on a positive note, though it's not enough to make us forget all the unpleasantness that preceded it. 2/4
--David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)

external linkTwo Brothers is a usually engaging, sweet, and original piece of work, I’m perfectly happy with it. If this isn’t worthy of a recommendation, I must be totally lost, as a film critic. 3/4
--Danny Baldwin (

external linkAt the end of it all, younger kids may like "Two Brothers" for the tigers and wildlife, but it's just a bit too drab and uninvolving for everyone else. 2/5
--Jason Whyte (

external linkA film that grows increasingly more ridiculous as it wears on, but'll still leave you feelin' (feline??) pretty good at the end. 7/10
--Gary Panton (Movie Gazette)

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