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3.5
182 Ratings

A War

Krigen

Directed by Tobias Lindholm
Denmark, France, 2015
Drama, War, Crime

Synopsis

Company commander Claus Pedersen and his men are stationed in Afghanistan. Back in Denmark, Claus’ wife and three kids are struggling. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in a crossfire. To save his men, Claus makes a decision that ultimately sees him return home accused of war crimes.

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A War Directed by Tobias Lindholm

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

European Film Awards

2016 | Nominee: Audience Award

This is a movie where it’s extremely helpful to pay attention, especially during the ambush scene, because Lindholm places the viewer in a noisy, confusing predicament along with the soldiers. It’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on, let alone make an assessment of what you yourself would do in Pedersen’s place. And again, the consequences of what Pedersen DOES do are nothing less than appalling. Which side are you on? Which side is the movie on?
February 12, 2016
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Without inflating any of it into sermonizing melodrama, this formidably talented writer-director finds the universal within the specific. He’s got great depth of focus, and even his peripheral vision is 20-20. At 38, he’s already a master at creating immersive dramatic environments, then making them resound with far-reaching implications.
February 11, 2016
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Interwoven sub-narratives about considerable collateral damage in both Afghanistan and Denmark add additional variables to the deceptively complex storyline. The resulting structure defies both predictability and easy closure.
February 10, 2016
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