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Brother film image, director Clement Virgo, based on the novel by David Chariandy

Brother

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Clement Virgo (The Book of Negroes) makes a brilliant return to feature filmmaking with this propulsive adaptation of David Chariandy’s celebrated novel. Set against the backdrop of suburban Scarborough, Brother follows siblings Michael (Lamar Johnson) and Francis (Aaron Pierre) as they strive to justify the sacrifices of their devoting mother (Marsha Stephanie Blake) and realise their own ambitions: for Francis, that’s a career in hip-hop; for Michael, it’s the love of Aisha (Kiana Madeira). However, fates has other plans for this pair and all those they hold dear.

While maintaining the precision of Chariandy’s prose, Virgo’s film is a wholly cinematic and remarkably sensorial work. Skipping between past and present to explore masculinity, race, and family, Virgo’s direction is elegant in its handling of evolving character dynamics and authoritative in ensuring that instances of brutality possess harrowing verisimilitude. While detailing the devastating repercussions of senseless acts of violence, Brother also distinguishes itself with its powerful depictions of the healing process.

 

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Director
Cast

Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre, Kiana Madeira, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Lovell Adams-Gray, Maurice Dean Wint

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2022

Language

English

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Content Warning

Racial Discrimination, Coarse Language, Sexually Suggestive Scenes

14A

Open to youth at Vancouver Playhouse

19+

At The Rio

119 min
Drama

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Credits

Executive Producer

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Producer

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Screenwriter

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Cinematography

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Production Design

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Director

Clement Virgo headshot, Brother director

Clement Virgo

Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost film directors. His first feature film, Rude (1995), premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, and was included at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival’s Black Light Retrospective of significant 20th century Black cinema. Virgo’s other features include Lie With Me (2005) and Poor Boy’s Game (2007).

Known for his unique POV as a Black filmmaker, he has brought his cinematic approach to TV dramas including The Wire, Monster, and Billions. Virgo’s adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s The Book Of Negroes was nominated for two Critics Choice Awards and a Peabody Award.

Filmography: Rude (1995); Love Come Down (2000); Lie With Me (2005); Poor Boy’s Game (2007)