Land of mine

Land of mine

DVD - 2017 | German
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In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own land mines from the coast of Denmark.

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INVS
Feb 18, 2018

If you don't want to read spoilers.....some of the reviews do contain spoilers. I was surprised by this film & very glad I took a chance - thankfully it has subtitles. Despite the brutality indicative of any war film, it has a strong impact on the viewer, good & bad. Unlike Dunkirk, this one is a definite unknown.

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imagenel
Feb 06, 2018

Viscerally powerful yet humanistic. Rife with tedium/tension with occasional bursts of horror (forget the relentless boom-boom of Hurt Locker). Rolland Moller gave a complex/nuanced turn as the Danish sergeant who mistreated the boys then secretly fed them and protected them, until his dog got blown up, then smuggled the survivors back to Germany by putting himself at risk. Echoes of Renoir and René Clair's Jeux Interdits, and Ozu's concept of family, esp. what is "family" in wartime? Original Danish title 'Under the Sand', not to be confused with the very different Under the Sand by Ozon. Check out the illuminating director's Q&A in Special Features.

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MGallagher
Feb 05, 2018

Excellent movie about a very little know historical episode. Very hard to watch because of the physical and mental violence but interesting nonetheless.

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MichelleinBallard
Nov 28, 2017

An intense and compelling film with a timely message--when fighting monsters take care to subdue your own monsters/monstrous impulses. If you like the film then be sure to check out the Q & A with the director in the special features. Fine acting and a horrific, true story in the midst of otherwise beautiful scenery.

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2017

WOW!! What a powerful film. I guess it should not come as a surprise that no matter how many books one reads or films one sees there are still thousands of untold / unknown stories from WWII. This movie tests your idea of what is fair and what is humane. Should German soldiers be made to remove thousands of land mines put on Denmark's coast by the Nazi forces? Why should Allied or civilian lives be put in jeopardy? But did these boys who were brainwashed into the Nazi military or enlisted out of the bravado of youth be responsible for acts committed by older soldiers? Do we weep more at the loss of an animal than we do for a young Wehrmacht soldier? Can a soldier who has seen all the depravity of war still grow to love young enemy soldiers who are also victims of that same war??? I will think about this film for long time. Highly recommend!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

AL_SUZANNE Nov 04, 2017

LAND OF MINE is a terrific and sad German foreign film set during the aftermath of World War 2. It takes place along the coast of Denmark, where surrendered and very young German soldiers are told to defuse and remove their own land mines along the beach. LAND OF MINE is a different and another telling of the horrors of war.

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jacinthabrown
Oct 20, 2017

True life historical account of the young German soldiers forced to diffuse thousands of landmines from the Danish coast in the aftermath of WWII, creating a crisis of conscience for the otherwise hardened sergeant charged with supervising the monumental task. Provides insight into the horrors facing prisoners of war and this flick delivers with one explosive script.

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mjayh
Oct 17, 2017

Not for the faint of heart. I watched more than half but really couldn't take the tension, the violence and horror. I turned to wikipedia's movie description online to know how the movie ends and to understand the history behind the film. A very worthwhile story but a challenge to watch.

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polywoggle
Oct 13, 2017

Disturbing! and disgusting the way human beings were treated in the war.

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voisjoe1_0
Sep 21, 2017

Post WWII, German war prisoners are forced by the Danish to risk their lives discovering and defusing land mines on the beaches planted by Germans because they thought the allied landing would be there. They were told that they would not be released until the mines were de-activated. I suspect that this rule was against the military code of conduct. An excellent film.

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