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.
Young Barnum receives a typewriter from Fred for his birthday, and a writer is born. Barnum's feelings for Vivian grow ever fonder, but when he realizes that Fred likes her as well and confronts him,...
On Arnold's burial, the arrival of the circus director Mundus causes quite a stir amongst the family. He reveals bits of their late father's past, and the bereaved are in for a surprise or two. Under...
Barnum decides to leave Vivian, and heads back to Røst to get on the wagon. Incidentally, Røst is precisely where he at last finds the answers to the half-brother riddle. When Peder invites him over ...
Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By ... See full summary »
Nicolai Cleve Broch,
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
After having success in Asia, businessman Aksel Borgen is asked back to his hometown in Norway to save an important local firm despite it being 20 years since he was sentenced and later acquitted for murdering his high school sweetheart.
Nicolai Cleve Broch,
Anne Marit Jacobsen
The story behind Hitler's plan of Germany getting the atomic bomb during WW2, and the heavy water sabotages in Rjukan, Norway, seen from four angles, the German side, the allied, the saboteurs and the company side.
Marc Ben Puch
1979 is ending, the 80s are approaching rapidly. Carl and Robert, two slacker best friends who smoke hashish as a way of cheerful living - have been peddling hashish for a decade, hitting ... See full summary »
Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen
Nicolai Cleve Broch,
Thomas Bo Larsen
Valkyrien centers on a doctor who runs an illegal, underground clinic in an old bomb shelter, where he treats criminals, emergency patients, and others who can't or won't seek medical help in a regular hospital.
Pål Sverre Hagen,
Two 15 year old boys secretly meet up in the forest, only to witness a blood bath. They are seen, but escape trying to keep this as a secret, both in fear of the perpetrator and that their secret is revealed.
5 Norwegians head for a cabin in the wilderness for a few days of team building. But strange things start happening - especially down by the water where they find an abandoned tent. Is there someone else?
"The Julekalender" is a Christmas story about three "nisser" who have to go from the North Pole and back to the "hule" (cave) in the Norwegian province of Trondelag to find the life melody ... See full summary »
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
Norway entered the venue of profound and taut drama series a bit later than the Swedes and the Danes, but yet powerfully and so we have been able to enjoy e.g. Øyevitne, Frikjent, Okkupert, Kodenavn Hunter and several others. It is to my liking to acknowledge that Halvbroren can be included in this presentable row - in spite of less dynamism and focusing on 4 generations within ca. 40 years.
True, the script is sometimes uneven and the very ending could have been less trivial, but distinct characters, strong performances (in all ages) and realistic intertwining of different eras together with precise mood detection make this series catchy to follow. I am unable to recall when I last saw so wittily created scenes with symbiosis of comic and tragic, a kind of warm black humour than in Halvbroren, where e.g. bullying and death produce multiple giggling moments.
So, another recommended series, to be distributed more than so far - as it has already won more than dozen awards from different countries.
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