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Brothers of the Wind

Brothers of the Wind

Sometimes a friendship sets you freeDec. 24, 2015 Austria98 Min.
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The way of the eagle is to raise two chicks. The stronger is destined always to throw the weaker from the nest. Man also has his ways, often to hurt those closest to him. Lukas suffers at the hands of a father who has withdrawn since the loss of his wife. Killed whilst rescuing the infant Lukas, the boy now carries the burden of her death. Our eagle’s story begins in the nest. The first-born chick pushes his weaker brother to a certain death on the forest floor. But fate intervenes and the chick is found by Lukas. Naming him Abel, Lukas cares for the creature in secret, finding a love and companionship denied to him at home. But when the day comes to release Abel back into the wild, will Lukas find his own release into a new life?

Brothers of the Wind
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Brothers of the Wind
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Original titleBrothers of the Wind
IMDb Rating6.8 1,129 votes
TMDb Rating6.9 20 votes

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  • IndustriousAngelFebruary 4, 2016Reply

    Breathtaking images, superfluous ”story”

    There are quite a few kid/animal stories out there; what sets this one
    apart is the incredibly good cinematography. We’re not talking wolves,
    dogs or whatever here, we’re talking golden eagles and they’re not easy
    to film – so what we DO see on screen here is absolutely stunning (and
    I’m a fan of nature docs). They even managed to mount miniaturised HD
    cameras on an eagle to capture some flight imagery … there are some
    truly memorable scenes in this movie, among them a very intense,
    drawn-out scene where the young eagle tries his talons at a
    mountain-goat maybe one or two sizes too big for him. The winter scenes
    are haunting in their intensity, too.

    But the movie as a whole gets only 7/10 from me – they tried to pep up
    the images with a story about a boy helping the young eagle to survive.
    Now I don’t think the idea absurd – in fact a simple framing story
    might be a nice idea – but they put too much weigth on this story. The
    emotional struggles between father and son simply don’t stand a chance
    against the for-life struggle of the animals, and so every scene we
    spend with the humans is – in my opinion – a scene wasted. No fault
    with the actors, btw – experienced acting as expected by veterans
    Moretti and Reno, and the boy was good, too – but it’s not their movie.
    It’s the eagle’s.

  • playtoyerFebruary 5, 2016Reply

    brothers of the wind a European masterpiece

    Brothers of the wind is a great movie.All the scenes with the Eagle are
    great.The director did a great work with all the animal scenes.this
    movie is one of the best animal movies.A eagle who protects and becomes
    friends with a boy. The eagle is the hero, and a creature to be admired
    and respected, not only for his size and strength, but for his courage
    with the eagle you gain a greater appreciation of this creature within
    its natural habitat the Eagle is as the magnificent and intelligent
    creature. This movie is a cinematic gem, deserves much wider
    recognition not only in europe, and unlike a lot of Hollywood movies,
    this is a thoughtful as well as entertaining adventure movie.The boy is
    great in the movie.Jean reno is great in this movie.jean reno is a
    great actor.

  • glyn-87177June 22, 2016Reply

    A magical, beautiful film.

    So… superfluous story courtesy of IndustriousAnegel. I truly hope you
    don’t have children and if you do I don’t know whether to feel most
    sorry for them or for you. This was a magical, beautiful film crafted
    between both the animal and the human element and blended into an
    unforgettable experience. The director also deserves praise for how the
    two elements are presented to the viewer. Anyone who has ever kept a
    caterpillar in a matchbox will relate to this film and for me it
    invoked many more long lost memories of my child hood. Try reviewing
    Mad Max next because I think this is more ”up your street”. Maybe the
    scenery was the overall winner but who cares when the story grips you
    like a vice in the wilderness.

  • Reno RanganJuly 4, 2016Reply

    Once upon a time in the wild Alps valley.

    It was almost like a fairy tale, about the relationship between a young
    boy and a bird. From Austria, but made in English language with the
    limited cast and a semi-documentary style film. It is a very similar
    theme to the French film ‘The Fox & the Child’, but sets in a different
    scenario. Get prepared to witness the stunning Austrian Alps valley
    with a story of where man meets the wild. A fine entertaining film, as
    well as to study the behaviour of this magnificent bird that targeted
    for the audiences of all ages.

    A simple story that sets in one summer of the 60s, that narrated by
    Jean Reno, who appeared as a forester. He recalls the story of a boy
    named Lukas, who developed an unusual bond with an eagle since it was a
    chick that fell from its nest. The boy named the bird Abel and stood by
    his side providing all needs like foods and training, till he become an
    adult. As a wild animal, his instinct urge him to act differently and
    so the Luka’s love and care for Abel will gets difficult by every day.
    As the seasons change, time to define their actual relationship and
    that’s what the film beautifully narrated.

    It was mostly the background narration like an episode telecasted in a
    nature channel than the film characters that delivers the lines, but
    overall the film was dominated by an awesome background score. The
    sound mixing was really great, along with the breathtaking photography,
    especially all the segment with the bird, landscapes and other animals.
    The camera angles were absolutely superb and the film unfolds some of
    the things that we haven’t seen in the documentaries like the topics of
    conservation, poaching and other human activities, especially the take
    of wild Apls in the different seasons.

    ”To learn takes courage. And to teach, patience of a mother.”

    The boy was terrific, and so those shots with the animals, especially
    Abel in the different stages of his life. A great effort put by the
    crew to make such an incredible film in the unfriendly locations,
    mainly the animal trainers and the proper guidance from the wild/nature
    experts. One of the jaw-dropping scene was the face-off between the
    bird and the ibex. I don’t know how it was done or taken an unused clip
    from nature film, but its addition brought the phenomenal effect to the
    film. Not all the sequences were lively captured, there are some CGI
    works too, but very well done that blends accurately.

    Besides the boy’s friendship with the bird was like any kid who love to
    have one. So envious. In other side, his conflict with his father is
    what pushed him to get nearer to the Abel. Somewhat it relates, both,
    Abel and Lukas are in a same situation in their respective lives and
    tells how they together fight to break free from it. In the end it very
    clearly differentiates where everyone belong and their role in the
    mother nature.

    The story is not what you’re going love, but the way it was narrated,
    mainly the technical brilliance makes us fall in love with it. A
    coming-of-age film, definitely a very rare kind with a quality
    narration. Medium pace, but very intense and surely can beat Disney
    nature films. For children, it is a must see, but for adults, it is not
    necessarily a must see and if you think that way, you are missing out
    some masterpiece of the nature’s video portrait. You don’t have to
    adore it or go after the flaws, just relax and enjoy it, that’s it
    works.

    7/10

  • Boris ZutiJuly 5, 2016Reply

    Nature rocks

    Great movie with beautiful animals and birds, there are few but very
    good actors. The bond between boy and eagle is very touching. I think
    this is great movie for entire family. It teaches us how our kindness
    and love for animals can help and save them, animals give us equal love
    back. Many people can learn from that. Jean Reno has nice voice that
    carry us throw this amazing adventure of the boy and great bird. I
    would like to say that nature is portrayed like humans bad attitude.
    When we have big snow storm we can also see boys father bad temper.
    Eagle as a baby bird and finally as a adult who is great prince of the
    wind.

  • AlenbalzJuly 26, 2016Reply

    Flying high

    Fantastic movie about a boy and a bird (the feathered kind: an eagle),
    which contrasts the relationship of boy and dad. Just amazing what one
    can do with 3 actors, and a couple of birds, interspersed with some
    breathtaking scenery of the Austrian alps, in winter, spring and
    summer, and excellent photography (that would rival anything David
    Attenborogh did). Both boy and bird are struggling to cope with their
    surroundings and survive. The boy saves (and rears) the bird when it
    falls (or more likely is kicked) out of it’s nest, then has to cope
    with the reality of having to let it go free. The heart warming
    boy/animal relationship, is contrasted by the boy father tension, and
    we are carried through the storyline with an absorbing narration by
    Jean Reno. A refreshing change from the typical Hollywood movies of
    sex, violence, car chases and explosions.

  • VikingbyheartSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    The images of the wildlife are breathtaking!

    Cinema has good films that tell a story between man and animal. Among
    them we can mention: Born Free (1966), Brother of the Wind (1973), The
    Black Stallion (1979), L’ours – The Bear (1988), Cheetah (1989), Fly
    Away Home (1996), Duma (2005), Eight Below (2006), Le Renard et
    L’infant – The Fox & The Child (2007), Life of Pi (2012) and The Jungle
    Book (2016). In Wie Brüder im Wind (original title) or Brothers of the
    Wind (English title), the story revolves around a child and a bird of
    prey, in 1960, in some place of the Austrian alps. In nature the eagle
    creates two chicks, and the strongest always ends up throwing the
    weakest out of the nest. Thus, after being pushed by the older chick
    out of the nest and fall to the forest floor, which would be a death
    sentence for the youngest chick, he is rescued by Lukas (acted by
    Manuel Camacho), which takes care of the wild animal in secret. With
    relationship problems with his father Keller (played by Tobias Moretti,
    known for Das Finstere Tal – The Dark Valley – 2014), the boy finds
    love and companionship in the bird, named Abel. But when the time comes
    to release the eagle back to nature will Abel be able to reintegrate
    himself to the wildlife and will Lukas find his own release for a new
    life?

    The story is narrated by Jean Reno (known for Léon – The Professional –
    1994), who plays the character Danzer, a forester who lives on site.
    The film is directed by Gerardo Olivares and Otmar Penker in a
    semi-documentary style. Its major highlights are photography,
    soundtrack and sound mixing. The images of the wildlife are
    breathtaking, especially the scenes made ​​with the eagle. The camera
    angles, including the mini camera installed on the eagle, enable the
    vision of all the landscape of the Austrian Alps, which is to behold.
    In that Brothers of the Wind does not lack anything when compared to
    the best documentaries about nature. The sound mixing gives realism to
    the narrated story, immersing the viewer in the animal life.

    The weak point of the film that ends up compromising the movie’s final
    result is the script. It focuses too much on the melodrama of the boy
    ‘s relationship with his father. While the scenes of wildlife are
    natural, family sequences are all artificial and forced. The writers
    trio (Otmar Penker, Joanne Reay and Gerald Salmina) errs in trying to
    turn the eagle struggle to survive into something bigger, making a link
    in Lukas and Abel’s story. The directors and writers should have
    focused only on the nature and eagle majesty, who is the great
    protagonist of the narrated story.

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