- Running time101 minutes
- GenreForeign Language + World Cinem
Director: Martin Zandvliet.
Starring: Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Joel Basman. Denmark/Germany 2015. 101 mins. German/Danish with English subtitles.
This highly intelligent and often disturbing Oscar-nominated story of revenge and post-conflict retribution will go down as one of finest films about the true cost of war, as seen from the viewpoint of vanquished aggressors. Multi-award-winning Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet (Applause) takes as his starting point 1945 Denmark, where, after five years of German occupation, brutish army sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Møller) is sent by his callous captain (Følsgaard) to remove 1.5 million land mines from the country’s beaches. He’s then given a group of teenage German POWs, tacitly considered expendable, to do the actual, extremely dangerous work. But after taunting them about their defeat, starving them of rations and almost gleefully putting them in harm’s way, Rasmussen gradually develops a compassion for their plight, albeit too late to save their humanity.
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