The world seems innocent and full of hope to the brothers, Laust and Peter, as they grow up in poor but safe conditions. The brothers are both enamored with the estate manager’s daughter, the beautiful and well-read Inge, and Inge reciprocate their love. But when the war against Prussia breaks out, Laust and Peter report for duty in the Danish Army. The relationship with Inge helps the brothers through the encounter with the horrors of war, while it also creates a dispute between the otherwise inseperable brothers, when the brothers along with thousands of Danish soldiers fight one of the bloodiest battles in Danish history. The slaughterhouse at Dybbøl in 1864, that changed Denmark forever.
Ole Bornedal also directed the eight-part TV series of the same name, released in 2014. Bornedal’s breakthrough came with his feature debut Nightwatch (1994), establishing him as one of the innovative directors of the Danish new wave of the 1990s. Bornedal also directed the US remake, released in 1997. Films include a string of thrillers: The Substitute (children’s film, 2007), Just Another Love Story (2007), Deliver Us from Evil (2009) and the English-language feature The Possession (2012).