EW Staff
November 30, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

STARRING Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman
WRITTEN BY David Benioff
DIRECTED BY Jim Sheridan

Brothers, based on the 2004 Danish movie Brodre, follows two siblings: a stolid U.S. Marine (Tobey Maguire) who’s declared MIA and presumed dead in Afghanistan, and his ne’er-do-well younger brother (Jake Gyllenhaal), who begins to lend a hand to his brother’s wife (Natalie Portman) and two kids back in the States. (The production took place mostly around Santa Fe.) But then Maguire’s character suddenly returns home, traumatized by his experience on the battlefield, and the family dynamics shift yet again. The filmmakers hope all the domestic fireworks will appeal to audiences turned off by the recent spate of movies inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Says director Jim Sheridan (In America), ”It’s more a story about homecoming than it is about war.”

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