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The Half Brother




A Scandinavian family saga based on the internationally acclaimed and best-selling novel by Lars Saabye Christensen, The Half Brother is a dramatic family saga that offers an historical parable of 20th Century Europe. On V-Day, May 1945, as a continent emerges from war, Barnum Nilson’s mother Vera is raped in her Oslo attic by an unknown man, leading to the birth of Fred - Barnum’s half brother.

When Barnum is born five years later, to the man that Vera has since met and married, the Nilsen family, like Europe, is already splitting in two. Growing up during the Cold War – Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his – the half brothers become estranged, and Fred eventually disappears.

At the Berlin Film Festival in 1990, as the Wall is coming down, Barnum, now a struggling screenwriter, learns that Fred has returned. Finally, as the true identity of Fred’s father comes to light, the two half brothers may once again be reunited...

Directed by Per-Olav Sørensen, 2013. In Norwegian with English subtitles.

See Episode Descriptions Below

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(U.S. Format - Region 1, NTSC)

In Norwegian with English Subtitles

Region 1, NTSC
Episodes 1-8
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Episode Descriptions

Episode 1 of 8

Oslo, 1945. Three women residing in Oslo prepare for the celebrations of Liberation Day. Young Vera heads to the attic to fetch a new dress, and is assaulted and raped. Nine months later, Fred is born in a taxi. Flash forward 43 years: Vera's second son, Barnum and his girlfriend Vivian, are back in the same attic in search of furniture for their new apartment. Here, they stumble upon Vera's old camera, still intact. On the film they find a picture of Barnum's half-brother Fred, who disappeared 22 years ago...

Episode 2 of 8

Adult Barnum continues the search for his long lost half-brother Fred, and his quest leads him to a journalist who wrote about Fred when he was a young, promising boxer many years ago.

Episode 3 of 8

Fred searches for his biological father, as Adult Barnum finds a disturbing new clue in the search for his half brother.

Episode 4 of 8

When Fred switches schools, Young Barnum becomes fair game for a bully.

Episode 5 of 8

Young Barnum’s father is the victim of a terrible accident. Is his half brother to blame?

Episode 6 of 8

Young Fred is entrusted with a valuable family treasure, and Adult Barnum realizes if he is to find his half brother, he must first find this treasure...

Episode 7 of 8

Young Barnum receives a typewriter from Fred for his birthday, and a writer is born. The discovery of a jacket leads Adult Barnum to suspect his half brother may be dead...

Episode 8 of 8

Barnum finds long-awaited answer to the riddle of his half brother Fred.