The first documentary ever chosen to compete in the International Critics’ Week at Cannes (where it won the grand prize), Janus Metz’s Armadillo follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour in Afghanistan in 2009.
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It’s a disturbing and honest movie, well photographed, showing the whole madness of the war as well as the absurdity and hopelessness of the situation: Young men - simple minds - looking for action and feeling bored. Or soldiers paying peasants money for their loss of cattle and relatives. Well worth watching.
Searing doc puts viewers on the front lines of Afghanistan, following 1 Danish platoon's harrowing 6 month tour of duty. A frightening and clear eyed portrait of modern warfare, closely examining the psychological drive of the soldier. This is staggering, visceral filmmaking, an act of heroism in itself, and perhaps the greatest combat doc of all time.
Intimate, nerve-wracking, and visually stunning. Armadillo is composed of beautiful cinematic moments, which can feel disconcerting in light of the chaotic situation at hand. The sense of pointlessness is palpable. There were a number of memorable scenes, such as the hazy raids illuminated by flashlights, and the soliders' motorcycle pirouettes. This is an important doc, and an angle of the war rarely seen in the US.
Trotz der sehr stilisierten Ästhetik der Bilder (Colorgrading, Vignette usw.) und ihrer dadurch fast schon coolen Werbeästhetik muss jeder merken wie sinnlos und schwachsinnig dieser Einsatz war - und wie immer fehlt die andere Seite komplett. Sehenswert!
Just incredible. A documentary shot like a film and at some points I forgot I was watching a documentary which is quite disconcerting considering this is really happening. Seeing the transformation of a soldier in war over the course of 6 months, from being uneasy of taking a life to seeing no other option, but to give them hell. I would say the crew did a rather good job of not being biased as well. Watch this film.
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.