Everyday at two o’clock the two brothers named Bourbon and Barath (played by Rupert Friend and Tom Mison) go out to the shed to kill themselves. They try a different method everyday but each day they fail. They are forever overlooking the presence of their frustrated fairy godmother as they carry on with their clockwork routine.
The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers (2009)
Genre: Short film, fantasy
Cast: Rupert Friend, Tom Mison and Keira Knightley
Directed by The Brownlee Brothers
Written by Rupert Friend and Tom Mison
Produced by Jessica Cole, Rupert Friend, Jay Lichtman and John Meckler
The film mixes live action with computer generated imagery and shows a careful staging, an excellent photography and a great music, the perfect accompaniment to each and every one of the gestures, movements and feelings of Barath and Bourbon.
Here are some images of the film set posted by The Brownlee Brothers and Kate Friend
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“The Suicide Brothers” is an utter demonstration in absolute folklore that meshes urban legend, Tim Burton fantasy, and as an absolute demonstration of that classic tale of a figure seeking death and finding it when they’ve stopped searching. Rupert Friend’s “The Suicide Brothers” is a look at two brothers in the dark forest of Bavaria who take it upon themselves to engage in a ritual suicide attempt almost every single night.
Rupert Friend and Tom Mison are delightfully morbid as these two gents who just want to end their lives in spite of living on something of a beautiful however haunting landscape where snow is abundant and boredom is infinite. Richard Van Den Bergh’s visual effects are masterful serving to compliment some awe inspiring set design and brilliant landscapes that add that touch of whimsy and tongue in cheek lore that keeps “The Suicide Brothers” on the verge of being confused with something from Tim Burton in his prime. The ultimate fate of the brothers is predictable but delivered with such grotesque performances from the two men that it’s quite harrowing to endure.
When all is said and done, “The Suicide Brothers” is a hypnotic film, one so possessive of hypnotic and compelling material it will have you sitting right through the unusual German dance number performed by Friend and Mison. I guarantee you that final song will be in your head for literal hours. Destined to be compared to Burton and Hans Christian Anderson’s classic violent folk tales, “The Suicide Brothers” is a marvelous little short fantasy about living in a winter wonderland and passing the time by trying to commit the most heinous of crimes upon ones self, all of which is foiled by human error, and a disgruntled fairy god mother. I highly suggest sitting down to watch this if you’re in the market for classic folklore and irony.
Felix Vasquez review for cinema-crazed.com
Behind The Suicide Brothers
Rupert’s screencaps from The Suicide Brothers are available in the gallery, Click on this link to access.
After all this, I can only say I would love to spend a few minutes inside Rupert’s head. It should be a really amazing place. I just love his imagination.