A war

A war

DVD - 2016 | Danish
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Afghanistan. During a routine mission, soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire. Commander Claus makes a decision to save his men, which has grave consequences for him, and his family back home
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: WORLD WAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda


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Dec 13, 2018

a family adjusts to a soldier's mission in Afghanistan, with all its nefarious consequences - shot with hand-held cameras, like a home movie, but more probing - in real time, it can get tedious, even maudlin - see "Brothers" instead, an utter masterpiece by another Danish director, on the same subject

Dec 11, 2017

This is a 2015 Danish war drama written and directed by Tobias Lindholm.
It depicts the story of a Danish military company in Afghanistan that fights the Taliban while trying to protect the civilians.
The commander gets, however, accused of having committed a war crime.
Then follows a court drama.
It’s a riveting, complicated court case that asks you simple question: what do you do when there’s no right answer?

Jul 19, 2017

Note - this movie is not entertainment nor "Hollywood".
It is very well done protraying the reality of modern war. It seems like a documentary if you didn't know better.

May 07, 2017

This film from Denmark consists of two chapters, the first from the battle field in Afghanistan and the second from the court room where the protagonist, a commander, was charged with war crime. The small-scale battles were done well, and the court room drama engaging. But I find the side scenes of family dialogues unnecessary and distracting. The theme is about the morality of war, and how one single decision, made in a split second, justified or not, can result in the loss of lives of many civilians. Subtitles.

Apr 20, 2017

Impeccably acted and effectively shot with either manic handheld cameras while under siege or slow domestic pans, Lindholm’s battlefield allegory certainly showcases the contradiction of “ethical warfare”, yet its deeper questions go beyond the battlefield. Truth is often what we make of it—indeed, Pedersen’s trial receives an unexpected and morally problematic upset—and sometimes the rules really shouldn’t apply as a lesser but equally momentous decision on Claus’ part reveals when an Afghan family seeks sanctuary at his camp. Subtle metaphors abound—a soccer ball here, a child’s duvet there—and Lindholm ends it all with an enigmatic silence that rings louder than mortar shells.

Mar 18, 2017

Very good movie about the cruelty of war, its innocent victims; hard instant decisions, ethical issues about truth, memory, the logic of the written law and the possible consequences.

ArapahoeLarissa Dec 07, 2016

One of those best movies about true war.

Aug 16, 2016

The quagmire of Afghanistan and how it affects the soldiers and families examined with deep precision by this very compelling film. Civilian deaths, soldiers placed between savage ambush and the politicians "rules of engagement," and deteriorating family lives at home. Many of these issues of Denmark will strike a chord in the US. An excellent and smart film.

Jun 29, 2016

Nominated for the best Foreign Language Film for the 2016 Oscars but lost to a very original "Son of Saul" from Hungary. As the writer commented in the special features, he aimed to explore the sentiment of a Danish officer who was going on his third tour to Afghanistan, and said he wasn’t afraid of being killed down there — he was afraid of being prosecuted when he got back home. The message was right on though pace could be picked up for a more gripping drama in mho. Transcript of the interview at:


Jun 13, 2016

Boring movie made even more so by the lack of any background music. Also, the soldiers use so many anagrams it's difficult to understand what they're talking about. After 30 minutes I began fast forwarding thru chunks to see if anything was actually going to happen - it never did.


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Jun 29, 2016

Those military alphabets:
“pax,” passengers/people
“9-line medevac,” Calling in a combat injury
“SITREP,” situation report
“HLS,” Homeland Security or Handheld Laser Scanner
“RPG,” Rocket propelled grenade
“TOC,” tactical op center
“PID,” positive i.d.
If Danish soldiers, who put their lives one the line, are prosecuted for violations of the military
criminal code, on conjecture, THEN we'll be somewhere, we do not want to be.
But although we have sympathy for the defendant, who appears to be a competent soldier and leader and although we must provide Danish soldiers room for maneuverability in extreme circumstances. No one is above the law. Otherwise, a judicial system is rendered superfluous. If we in a case like this let such a serious violation of humanitarian rights slide, we will end somewhere, where we do not want to be.
-What the hell was I supposed to do?
-Huh? It's not about what you were supposed to do, but what you do right now.

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