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War, A

2015 – 115 minutes.

Oscar-nominated opening film about idealistic Danish army commander Claus Michael Pedersen, whose troupes are employed in an Afghanistan province. Caught in heavy crossfire with Taliban fighters, Pedersen faces a difficult decision that will have far-reaching consequences.

While army commander Pedersen tries to make a difference in Afghanistan, back home his wife Maria finds it difficult to raise three children who miss their father. Pedersen misses his family, too, but as a commander he feels equally responsible for the mission’s successful outcome and the safety of his men.

When Claus and a seriously injured soldier are left isolated following a standoff with Taliban fighters, he orders the shelling of the area so that the rescue helicopter can reach the location. The young soldier survives, but then the bodies of eleven Afghan women and children are found in the ruins. Back in Denmark, Pederson again has to struggle to survive and hold on to his family. Not in the frontline this time but in court, where he stands trial for war crimes.

Third movie by Danish director and screenwriter Tobias Lindholm, starring Pilou Asbaek (Borgen). Lindholm previously directed Kapringen and co-directed Oscar-nominated Jagten.

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Themes
Family, Political and legal affairs, War and armed conflict
Age rating
16
Suitable for
havo/vwo bovenbouw
mbo - niveau 3 & 4
Director
Tobias Lindholm
Country
Denmark
Type
Fiction
Duration
115 minutes
Year
2015