Beautifully staged, vibrantly colored, and powerfully acted, Brother is an instant classic of a film. It tracks three timelines: Francis and Michael’s childhood, their coming of age in high school, and the present day, where we learn that Francis has long been dead, although we don’t find out how till much later in the movie. The suspense hangs in the air, but the build-up to the reveal is just as tense and filled with moments that are alternately lovely and heartbreaking. Largely, the film is about the immigrant experience and Blackhood, about how those unique experiences intertwine to define a person’s life, and so there is anger, resistance, and meaningful commentary to be found here. But Brother is also deeply intimate. As Francis and Michael come of age, they long for role models and true love, and through those ups and downs, they always come back to one another, each one the other’s best friend. Brother tackles heavy themes, but it never veers into melodramatic territory. Instead, it’s a strong, self-assured piece of work that will only find more love and acclaim in the future.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Actor: Aaron Pierre, Anthony Grant, Ashleigh Rains, Delia Lisette Chambers, Dillon Jagersky, Dwain Murphy, Franco Lo Presti, Ho Chow, Jamillah Ross, John Cleland, Jordan Kronis, Joris Jarsky, Joseph Pierre, Kara Wooten, Karl Campbell, Kiana Madeira, Lamar Johnson, Lovell Adams-Gray, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Maurice Dean Wint, Orville Cummings, Peter Williams, Taveeta Szymanowicz
Director: Clement Virgo