Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Feb 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Following the end of World war II, a Danish sergeant is tasked with commanding a group of German prisoners of war who must diffuse landmines placed by the Nazis on the Danish beaches.
My Take on it – This film is Denmark’s submission for the Oscar for Best Foreign language Film.
The film’s premise is a great one because it is based on something that occurred in history and it’s something that most people probably have no idea that it really happened.
Following war, hatred can still be quite high for a former enemy, but the choice to use Prisoners of War as minesweepers despite not having proper training is a bold and in some eyes, a vicious decision.
Loved the way that they showed the distant nature between the danish and German characters but at the same time, we are able to catch glimpses of the humanity of the characters hidden beneath their hatred for the (former) enemy.
During war, people always hope for it to end, but once it ends, the question remains as to what should be between former enemies; can they now be friends or must they forever remain antagonistic towards one another?
The cast is great here and they all feel like very realistic portrayals of former soldiers who just want to return to their old lives.
This is not your typical anti-war movie, but they do it so well here.
Bottom Line – Great idea for a film since it is a part of history that has been all but forgotten. The dichotomy of having prisoners diffuse bombs their countrymen placed while still trying to remain human is explored quite well here. This is not the kind of anti-war film that people are usually used to, but they do it extremely well here. The acting is top notch because we get both the distant nature of the characters and also the humanity beneath it all. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The use of German children for post WW2 mine sweeping has by many historian been declared as the worst case of war crimes ever conducted by the Danish state. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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