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Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 27 May 2010 (Denmark)
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Danish soldiers are sent to Afghanistan in 2009 for 6 months, to help stabilize the country against the Taliban. They're stationed on Armadillo military base in Helman province. Unlike other war movies, this is the real deal - no actors.

Director:

Janus Metz

Writer:

Kasper Torsting (idea)
10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cinematographer Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometre from Taliban positions. The result of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at the 2010 Cannes film festival. But it also provoked furious debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of certain Danish soldiers during a shoot-out with Taliban fighters. The film-makers repeatedly risked their lives shooting this tense, brilliantly edited, and visually sophisticated probe into the psychology of young men in the midst of a senseless war whose victims are primarily local villagers. Yet more disturbing than scenes in which Taliban bullets whiz past their cameras is the footage of the young soldiers as each ... Written by Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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For you it's a movie, for them it's reality See more »

Genres:

Documentary | War

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Originally part of a six episode TV series called "Vores krig" by Kasper Torsting. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Armadillo (2011) See more »

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A "masterpiece" war documentary by Janus Metz Pedersen.
22 September 2010 | by irini-nissiriouSee all my reviews

This documentary about war in Afghanistan is simply a "masterpiece" by Janus Metz Pedersen. It covers a 6-month period of the lives of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan, showing us the daily life of a soldier in this war. It also shows the side of the local civilian people of Afghanistan, the way their lives are spoiled by this war and mostly by the way that the foreign powers are acting there. Local people are desperate by a war that not only offers nothing to them but also kills their families and makes them suffer even more.

Unique photography. Great camera handling. Non-biased and truthful.

90 minutes full of reality and sentiment at the same time.

DON'T MISS IT.


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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

27 May 2010 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Armadillo - wojna jest w nas See more »

Filming Locations:

Helmand Province, Afghanistan

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,958, 17 April 2011

Gross USA:

$14,566

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,018,685
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Fridthjof Film See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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