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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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Series cast summary:
Nicolai Cleve Broch ...  Barnum 8 episodes, 2013
Frank Kjosås ...  Fred 8 episodes, 2013
Mariann Hole Mariann Hole ...  Vera 8 episodes, 2013
Marianne Nielsen Marianne Nielsen ...  Boletta 8 episodes, 2013
Oskar Sandven Lundevold Oskar Sandven Lundevold ...  Barnum as Boy 8 episodes, 2013
Agnes Kittelsen ...  Vivian 8 episodes, 2013
Vibeke Juell Bugge Vibeke Juell Bugge ...  Vivian as a girl 8 episodes, 2013
Henrik Holm Henrik Holm ...  Peder as a boy 7 episodes, 2013
Jon Øigarden ...  Arnold 6 episodes, 2013
Ola G. Furuseth Ola G. Furuseth ...  Peder 6 episodes, 2013
Lars Arentz-Hansen ...  Egede 6 episodes, 2013
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ...  Den Gamle 4 episodes, 2013
Janne Kokkin Janne Kokkin ...  Edith 4 episodes, 2013
Fridtjov Såheim ...  Willy 4 episodes, 2013


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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6 January 2013 (Norway) See more »

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Another solid work coming from Norway
11 June 2018 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

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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