Brotherhood

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2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

SKINHEAD OVER HEELS Dencik, right, pines for fellow angry young man Lindhardt.

Lars (Lindhardt) is a closeted gay army officer who’s just been dishonorably discharged; Jimmy (Dencik) is a neo-Nazi with a conspicuous loathing of homosexuals. When they meet at a local white supremacist’s house—because where else are you going to meet cute, racist guys?—the fuse on their slow-burn attraction is lit. Nicolo Donato’s forbidden-love story melds two distinct templates—the star-crossed same-sex romance and the seamy hatemongering expos—without benefiting either side. Simply exoticizing ugly subcultures and adding hot naked men to a predictable narrative doesn’t equal titillating or taboo; it just means you’ve dressed up a messy melodrama.—David Fear

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