Thematically, Brotherhood might be as simplistic as any American film this year.
While this DVD edition does justice to the film’s sinister color scheme, the cast and crew commentary leaves much to be desired.
It negotiates a child’s pain for his dead mother via his relationship with an old woman straight out of Eudora Welty.
The film superficially evokes the tale of Hansel and Gretal and while there are some nice scares throughout, Francois Ozon did this kind of thing better with his Criminal Lovers.
Tender loving adult care may go far, but survival in the ghetto seems to be one part adult intervention and one part blind luck.