While the Danish troops are losing the battle against the superior Prussian troops nearby, a fatal love affair takes place.
I saw the film as a young boy, when it came out in 1964 and it made a huge impression on me. However, I did not see the film again until recently (a rather worn copy) at "Cinemateket" in Copenhagen, but I must admit, that I was pleasantly surprised. In spite of all the years that have passed, the film did not seem outdated at all.
In 1964 the filming of "Tine" Herman Bang's famous novel marked the 100th anniversary of the battle at Dybboel, where the Danish army was defeated by Prussia and Austria, and Denmark lost about one third of its entire area. Indeed one of the biggest traumas in Danish history. The location of the film is Als in the south part of Denmark near the battle fields at Dybboel, where the war's final and crucial battle will take place. At the estate of the forest manager normal life has been suspended. The young forest manager has been inducted into the army, his wife and son has fled to Copenhagen, and the charge of the house has been left to Tine, the young, altruistic daughter of the local school master (played by Lone Hertz).
When the Danish troops are pushed back, the estate of the forester is turned into a hospital for the wounded soldiers. Filled with grief and despair and surrounded by dying soldiers, the forester and Tine begin a brief but passionate love affair which has disastrous consequences.
"Tine" is not considered Knud Leif Thomsen's best film, and as far as I know it did not receive much praise by the Danish critics, when it came out, although Lone Hertz received a well-deserved Bodil as best female actress. My guess is that the highly melodramatic scenes have been considered bad taste and far too melodramatic back in the 1960'es. Especially one of the film's last scenes where Tine's father, the old school master, played with (too?)much pathos by Johannes Meyer, who has gone mad and taken refuge in the church tower, because he is obsessed with the idea that the earth is on fire. At the same time his young daughter gives herself to the forester, a married man, only a few steps away. Melodramatic? Well I do not agree. In fact the scene reminds me of another great film about war and passion: Luchino Visconti's "Senso".
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