Denmark, 2016, 115 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Tobias Lindholm, Unrated and unsuitable for children due to frightening scenes of war, violence and language, Danish with English Subtitles, Magnolia Pictures
“Tobias Lindholm’s engrossing, impeccably sensitive Afghan War drama, does a fine job of inserting us into the lives of others.” - Guy Lodge, Variety
While commander Claus Pedersen (Pilou Asbaek) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province, Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together in Denmark. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire. In order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences. Working for the third time with leading man Asbaek (Game of Thrones, Ben Hur), director Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking, R) continues to explore how people react under extreme pressure. The stakes are higher than ever as Claus is forced to choose between responsibility for his troops, the Afghan locals, his family back home, and the written / unwritten rules of war. Putting a face on the wages of armed conflict, Denmark’s Oscar Nominee succeeds as a double treat, as a thoroughly involving human drama and an edge-of-the-seat courtroom thriller.