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Krigen (2015)

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The story of a Danish commander, who accused for civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Pedersen
Martin R. Olsen
Charlotte Munck ...
Kajsa Danning
Dulfi Al-Jabouri ...
Lutfi 'Lasse' Hassan
Cecilie Elise Sondergaard ...
Adam Chessa ...
Andreas Buch Bogwardt ...
Petrine Agger ...
Martin Tamm Andersen ...
Michael Chidekel
Christian 'Krolle' Pedersen ...
Andre Fog Sorensen ...
Nikolai Jones
Daniel Ulvedal Jensen ...
Danny Sorensen
David Barrett ...
Peter Rytter


Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home. Written by Nordisk Film Production A/S

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Duty goes beyond battlefield.


Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some war related images | See all certifications »





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Release Date:

10 September 2015 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A War  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,997, 26 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the fourth time that actor Pilou Asbæk portrays a Danish soldier. First in a minor role in Forbrydelsen (The Killing) season two. Secondly in the TV-show 1864. Thirdly in 9. April and finally in Krigen (A War). See more »


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Much ado about... little ado
14 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Modern local conflicts and crisis areas have brought along a different approach in depicting military activities - confrontations without clear battle fronts, with a foreign military mission in assisting role. But as, in essence, there is a war going on, one is unable to predict every next move and incorporate all situations/events into specific legal framework; in the event of military events, there are always casualties.

Such is the background and essential point in Krigen, where the Danish Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (solidly performed by Pilou Asbæk) has to equally deal with both a severe accusation against him and his family (the characters of his spouse and three children seem to be more dynamic and interesting than those of officers and soldiers). I know that legal proceedings are not snappy, particularly among the Danes who are curbed and reticent, but still - the plot is a bit slow and arid, often uncovering the documentary aspect rather than that of a feature film, and the solution and the final scene are too plain. All this is just a narration running its course, and most of otherwise good and distinct actors have nothing profound to perform.

Krigen is not a bad film, but not at the level of e.g. Tobias Lindholm's Jagten or Submarino. For me, Krigen is a less intensive and less diverse than some related films, e.g. Stop-Loss or Brothers. Despite having an Oscar nomination, I would be surprised if it gets this award.

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