Land of Mine (2015)

Martin Zandvliet directs Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in the Danish WWII movie about a cruel footnote in military history where surrendered German soldiers were forced to defuse thousands of land mines hidden in the beaches of Denmark, many of them mere young boys.

A cracking little anti-war movie that is intense and briskly scripted. There are precision calculated shocks and emotional shifts here handled in a way that would make a good class example of clean cinematic storytelling. The central performance by Roland Møller as the prejudiced officer left in charge of the doomed enemy kids is robustly affecting without ever needing a monologue or saccharine moment to underline his returning humanity.


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