1864

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

1864 is Danish, it’s made by the mighty DR network (who gave us The Killing) and it’s packed with familiar Scandi-television faces. But it most definitely is not a crime drama. It’s a great big 19th-century epic, a family saga centred on – wait for it – Denmark’s war with Prussia.

Two episodes in one go is a lot to chew on, as 1864 is dense. It’s also quite odd and frequently sexually explicit, in ways that cannot be detailed here for fear that you will all faint in your armchairs.

The central story – two brothers in love with the same women – is an old one, but never mind, at least 1864 looks glorious, filmed with a great cinematic sweep. Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen plays an actress, an object of obsession for Danish politician/bishop Ditlev Monrad, while Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) is the father of two boys who go off to war.

Summary

Danish drama, exploring the history of the Second Schleswig War between the Kingdom of Denmark and Prussia. 1851, and as their father returns home to South Funen from the three-year war with Prussia, young brothers Laust and Peter become enamored with the headstrong daughter of a local estate manager. In Copenhagen, the martial victory encourages the nation's political elite to consider expanding the borders of the Danish kingdom - contrary to the terms of the recently signed peace treaty. In the modern day, teenage delinquent Claudia is forced to take a temporary job as a carer for the aged Baron Severin, who seems to have a deep connection to tale being played out in the past. Historical drama, starring Pilou Asbaek, Nicolas Bro, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina and Bent Mejding. In Danish.

Cast & Crew

Laust (aged 12) Sylvester Byder
Peter (aged 11) Benjamin Holmstrom Nielsen
Inge (aged 11) Fanny Leander Bornedal
Didrich Pilou Asbaek
Monrad Nicolas Bro
Mrs Heiberg Sidse Babett Knudsen
Claudia Sarah-Sofie Boussnina
Baron Severin Bent Mejding
Director Ole Bornedal
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Drama