Director: Martin Zandvliet
Cast: Rolland Moller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard
In German and Danish, with English subtitles
The year is 1945. The five-year German occupation of Denmark ends. German troops retreat; they are heading homeward on foot. In the first few minutes of the movie, Danish Army Sergeant Rassmussen is seen venting his rage on two unfortunate Nazi soldiers. But, more unfortunate are a group of very young (teenage) German soldiers who are assigned under Rassmussen's command to neutralize and remove some 45,000 land mines the Germans planted on the beach.
This movie shows the dynamics of the relationships between the soldiers, and also between the soldiers and the Sergeant as pressure and tension build up due to the nature of their predicament. Some hints of sentimentality are subtly woven into the narrative; however, the movie is focused.
The movie is a real cliffhanger in most parts. It consistently sustains tension and suspense. The experience seeing it is really rewarding.
The movie makes the short list of nine (9) movies from which the final nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards for movies of 2016.
Date seen: December 31, 2016