Land of Mine

LAND OF MINE

Review: In the aftermath of World War II Denmark, a group of young German soldiers are ordered to clear a beach of their own landmines from the coast of Denmark. They are kept under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate what they are doing.
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Actors: Roland Moller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Laura Bro and Oskar Belton
Year: 2015
Genre: Art House, Drama, History, International and War
Conclusion; 4/5
The original title for this film is Under Sandet. A really powerful well made film. I found this to be really tense. It is also a very harrowing watch. I have not come across the main actor Roland Moller before but thought his performance was fantastic. Before filming took place the actors were trained in mine clearance at the Military Training Compound ‘Oksbøl’. During their training they found a ‘live’ mine. It had been there for seventy-plus years – and was in fine working condition. The mine was removed and disarmed by the Danish de-mining experts. The director mentioned that when filming the young actors had know idea when they were going to be killed off, and were sent home each time it happened. The reason for doing this was that this led to the actors feeling increasingly lonely and isolated as filming went on, similar to their characters in the movie.

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