It’s the summer of 1918, and WW1 is shattering Europe. Germany is running low on soldiers and recruits even the misfits. A group of soldiers arrive at Erna’s house to enroll her 17-year-old simple-minded son Kalle to the German war effort. Erna, being certain that Kalle is not fit for war, argues her way to the commanding officer at the barracks where she pushes ardently for Kalle to be discarded. When her request is forcefully rejected, she realises that if Kalle is to be rescued from certain death in the trenches, she must follow him. She cuts her hair and swaps identity with a deserting soldier and so disguised as a private, Erna goes to war.
Bo Hr. Hansen and Henrik Ruben Genz wrote the script based on Erling Jepsen’s novel of the same name. Ruben Genz also adapted Jepsen’s work for film in ‘Terribly Happy’ (2007) and ‘Excuse Me’ (2012). Genz worked with Bo Hr. Hansen on ’Word of God’ (2017).
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