Brother's Keeper (2003) On its 10th anniversary, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's clear-eyed but sympathetic chronicle of an alleged fratricide in a central New York hamlet is as…
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Brother's Keeper (2003)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 29, 2003

On its 10th anniversary, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's clear-eyed but sympathetic chronicle of an alleged fratricide in a central New York hamlet is as engrossing as ever. The filmmakers follow the ''Ward Boys'' -- four barely literate dairy farmers who have lived for 60-odd years amid the squalor of their tumbledown shack -- after the second-eldest is found dead and his brother Delbert is charged with the murder. Was he railroaded into a confession? Was it a mercy killing? A gripping courtroom drama is enlivened by a glimpse into a rarely seen corner of rural America.

EXTRAS The scrapped original ending, in which the Wards made the trip to New York City, becomes a short film. But please, how about subtitles for the toothless brothers' often incomprehensible speech?

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003 Published in issue #721 Aug 01, 2003 Order article reprints