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Brother (1997)

Brat (original title)
An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Svetlana Pismichenko ...
Sveta
Mariya Zhukova ...
Kat
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German
Vyacheslav Butusov ...
Butusov
Irina Rakshina ...
Zinka
Sergey Murzin ...
Krugly
Anatoliy Zhuravlyov ...
Nervous Bandit
Igor Shibanov ...
Militiaman
Andrey Fedortsov ...
Styopa
Sergey Debizhev ...
Sergey Debizhev (as Sergey Debezhev)
Aleksei Sevostyanov
Rinat Ibragimov ...
(as Renat Ibragimov)
Vladimir Ermilov
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Newly discharged from the army, Danila goes to his older brother - a gangster and a killer - to start a new life in St. Petersburg where he's soon situated in the criminal world and asked to kill someone. There his new life starts. He meets new people, including a girl, and becomes a big fan of the rock band "Nautilus Pompillius," but now he is a killer, and realizing killing is easier for him than living makes him understand he is going the wrong way. Written by Max Volovik <dimaa@worldnet.att.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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When the gangsters break into Danila's girlfriend's apartment, a crew member is visible in the room at the end of the hallway, even though the gangsters say that the apartment is empty. See more »

Quotes

Danila: You're a smart man, German. Tell me, what do we live for?
German: Everyone decides for himself. There's this saying, "What's good for the Russian is death for the German." Well, I live to disprove this.
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Referenced in Generation P (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Nezhnyy vampir
Music by Vyacheslav Butusov
Lyrics by Ilya Kormiltsev
Performed by Nautilus Pompilius (uncredited) and Boris Grebenshchikov (uncredited)
Exclusive rights - DANA Music Limited, Ireland
Played when:
1) Danila prepares a weapon and comes to the market in disguise for the second time, then escapes the market
2) Danila meets a killer
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More than a crime drama...
4 January 2001 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

One thing that some other reviewers failed to comment on is the way that you discover just who Danila is - he covers-up the fact that he saw action in Chechnya and always says he served far from combat. This story is really about the Russian crime situation LESS than about an entire generation of people who served in Afghanistan and Chechnya ('94-'96 and '99-present). This movie will be misunderstood by many Westerners (I am Russian myself) because it does not fit the traditional Hollywood screenplay style - and its characters do not behave themselves like most Hollywood characters would in a crime drama. There is a very Slavic quality in this film that I am VERY happy to see preserved and NOT Westernized. (You must see Brat2 to learn more about Brat.)


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