Documentarist Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skee spent six months with young Danish soldiers in Afghanistan. The result is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at Cannes 2010 film festival.
Unlike Sebastian Junger’s *Restrepo,* which also focuses on the ‘ camp mentality ‘, Pedersen’s film shows us the adventurism of the young Danes and how peer pressure encourages bloodlust. The stated purpose of Pedersen is to strip away hero-ness of the soldier: “It is very difficult to break down the image of the soldier as a hero…. and that is something that is used to legitimize war over and over again.” Pedersen’s thesis, blaming the soldier, is rather bold, but ultimately misplaced. The young are motivated to go to war for precisely the reasons he shows us. An Afghanis villager made the statement that people fight because they are poor. The rich, then, fight for the adventure.
A perfect documentary on so many levels. Incredibly well directed and edited, not biased or coloured in any way. And a director well placed in a position as an observer only, even though the drama goes sky high when the troops suddenly are beeing under attack. This is the real story of a group of young, danish men, their dreams, their illusions, and how these experiences mark them and their loved ones as they endure.
Ein Film ohne jegliche Antwort doch mit unzähligen brennenden Fragen nach dem medialen, ethischen und philosophischen Verhältnis zwischen der filmisch vermittelten Realität und deren ästhetischen Genuss . Dieser Film fordert einen völlig neuen Umgang damit auf. Und zwar auf eine aufdringlichste Weise. Er ist ein kopernikanisches Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner simulierbaren Wirklichkeit.
The 54th BFI London Film Festival will open on October 13 with Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go and close on October 28 with Danny Boyle's