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The Half Brother (2013)

Drama 45m


Revolving around the life of un-produced screenwriter Barnum Nilsen, 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’s mother Vera is raped in her attic in Oslo by an unknown man, leading to the birth of Barnum’s half brother, Fred. 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 together during the Cold War – Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his – the half brothers become estranged and Fred eventually disappears. At the film festival in Berlin in 1990, as the Wall is still coming down, Barnum 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.

Series Cast

  1. Nicolai Cleve Broch

    Nicolai Cleve Broch


    8 Episodes

  2. Frank Kjosås

    Frank Kjosås


    8 Episodes

  3. Mariann Hole

    Mariann Hole


    8 Episodes

  4. Marianne Nielsen

    Marianne Nielsen


    8 Episodes

  5. Oskar Sandven Lundevold

    Oskar Sandven Lundevold

    Barnum as Boy

    8 Episodes

  6. Agnes Kittelsen

    Agnes Kittelsen


    8 Episodes

  7. Vibeke Juell Bugge

    Vivian as a girl

    8 Episodes

  8. Henrik Holm

    Henrik Holm

    Young Peder

    8 Episodes

Full Cast & Crew

Last Season

Season 1

2013 | 8 Episodes

Season 1 of The Half Brother premiered on January 6, 2013.

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The Half Brother
The Half Brother


Original Name Halvbroren

Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language Norwegian


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