In the late 19th century, Peter Sidenius is an ambitious young man from a devout Christian family in Western Denmark, who travels to the Danish capital of Copenhagen to study engineering, rebelling against his clergyman father. He comes into contact with the intellectual circles of a wealthy, Jewish family and seduces the elder daughter, Jakobe. Per, as he now calls himself, conceives a large-scale engineering project including the construction of a series of canals in his native Jutland, and lobbies for its construction. But just as Per seems to be about to make his dreams come true, his pride stands in the way.
The project was first announced in 2012 when Nordisk Film bought the rights to the novel with Bille August attached to direct. It was later announced as a TV series for TV 2, after which a theatrical version was scheduled. See more »
Unlike most American films (I can "write" the script within the first five minutes of watching most American movies, which have to be dumbed-down for their audience ) throughout the film I had no idea how this story would develop. It offered many glimpses into the inner workings of a troubled human, some of which I have felt. Beautifully acted. A memorable film.
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