Brothers Laust and Peter live in an innocent world full of hope, under poor, but happy, circumstances, in the Danish countryside in the middle of the 19th century.
Following the victories over the Prussians in the war of 1848-51, Denmark is now scheming to annex Schleswig into the Danish Kingdom. Inflamed with nationalism, the leader of the Danish parliament, Monrad, neglects all European treaties and throws the country into war with Prussia. At the same time, Laust and Peter grow up and fall in love with the well-read and beautiful Inge, but when the war erupts Peter and Laust volunteer for the army...
1864 is an epic, highly cinematic historical drama, in which we become eyewitnesses to momentous events and the extraordinary love story of Peter, Laust and Inge, and how the brothers - along with thousands of Danish soldiers - fought some of the bloodiest battles in European history.
Here’s a trailer. Unfortunately, it’s in Danish – unless you’re Danish, of course, in which case “Fortunately, it’s in Danish.”
Either way, it looks very pretty and is that Sidse Babett Knudsen from Borgen I spy in there? IMDB also suggests Barbara Flynn might be in it, too.
- May 15, 2015: Preview: 1864 1x1-1x2 (Denmark: DR1; UK: BBC Four)
A preview of the first episode of Denmark’s 1864