The life of a family spanning five generations in the 20th century Europe split in half by WW2, centering around the half brothers Barnum and Fred growing up together in Oslo; Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his.
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 Barnum (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Fred (8 episodes, 2013)
Mariann Hole ...
 Vera (8 episodes, 2013)
Marianne Nielsen ...
 Boletta (8 episodes, 2013)
Oskar Sandven Lundevold ...
 Barnum as Boy (8 episodes, 2013)
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 Vivian (8 episodes, 2013)
Vibeke Juell Bugge ...
 Vivian as a girl (8 episodes, 2013)
Henrik Holm ...
 Peder as a boy (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Arnold (6 episodes, 2013)
Ola G. Furuseth ...
 Peder (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Egede (6 episodes, 2013)
Ghita Nørby ...
 Den Gamle (4 episodes, 2013)
Janne Kokkin ...
 Edith (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Willy (4 episodes, 2013)
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The Half Brother revolves around the life of a family spanning five generations in the 20th century. The book opens in Berlin in 1990, at the film festival, as the Berlin wall is still coming down. It ends in Oslo the day after. But the story begins with Vera, Barnum's mother, on V Day, 1945. At a local level the story is about the half brothers Barnum and Fred growing up together in Oslo; Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his. At a universal level, the story is about Europe after world war II, a continent split in half, which shall become one again. And that too is the quest of this epic: To see two halves become a whole. The narrative chosen for the quest is that of a mystery: Who is the father? As the story progresses, we will realize that it is not just the identity of one father we are looking for. Written by Mette Marit Bølstad

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"Dense and dramatic mystery..."
18 March 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter, playwright, producer and director Per-Olav Sørensen's television series which was written by Norwegian screenwriter Mette Marit Bølstad, is an adaptation of a novel from 2001 by Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen. It premiered on the Norwegian television channel NRK 1 in 2013, was shot on locations in Bærum, Oslo, Godøya and Svartskog in Norway and Berlin in Germany and is a Norwegian production which was produced by Norwegian producers Håkon Briseid and Olav Øen. It tells the story about an aspiring photographer named Vera Jebsen who lives in an apartment in the capital of Norway with her mother Boletta and grandmother Ellen. During the mid-1940s, Vera is impregnated after being assaulted by a stranger, meets a man from Northern Norway named Arnold Nilsen who becomes her boyfriend and gives birth to a son named Fred who grows up not knowing who his real father is and a son named Barnum.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Per-Olav Sørensen, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated by the main character and from multiple viewpoints, draws an invariably moving portrayal of a writer in his 30s and his search for his half brother who one day disappeared without saying a word about where he was going. While notable for its naturalistic and colorful milieu depictions, sterling production design by Swedish production designer Anna Asp, cinematography by Norwegian cinematographer Lars Westergaard, costume design by costume designer Karen Fabritius Gram, make-up and use of sound, this narrative-driven and epic story about family relations, friendship and identity depicts several in-depth studies of character and contains a great score by composer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen.

This romantic, atmospheric, humorous and conversational coming-of-age drama which is set mostly in Oslo, Norway in the period between the early 1930s and early 1990s and where a man's reminiscences of his childhood brings him closer to unanswered questions regarding his older brother, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, multifaceted characters, interrelated stories and the involving and commendable acting performances by Norwegian actors Frank Kjosås, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Oskar Sandven Lundevold, Jon Øigarden, Henrik Holm, actresses Mariann Hole, Agnes Kittelsen, Marianne Nielsen, Vibeke Bugge, Danish actress Ghita Nørby and actor Ingvar Grimberg. A dense and dramatic mystery which represents Norwegian storytelling and filmmaking at it's finest.


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