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Land of Mine (15)

Drama, History, War

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

The critical consensus

Intelligent, Oscar-nominated war drama from Danish director Martin Zandvliet.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 31/07/2017

A poignant and worthy tribute to a little-known postscript of World War Two.

Mark Allison, Little White Lies, 03/08/2017

As demonstrated in movies such as The Hurt Locker and Kujaki, this kind of scenario automatically makes for intense drama, but Land of Mine is bolstered by great performances too.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 03/08/2017

A fascinating topic is attenuated by conservative storytelling and sketchy characterisation. Nevertheless, the sense of place is as assured as the vigilant performances, while the defusing sequences are genuinely suspenseful.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 03/08/2017

This well-made Danish film dramatises a grim episode at the end of the second world war, when teenage German PoWs were forced into mine-clearance work.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/08/2017

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