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A War (2015)

Krigen (original title)
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The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

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Tobias Lindholm

Writer:

Tobias Lindholm
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilou Asbæk ... Claus Michael Pedersen
Tuva Novotny ... Maria Pedersen
Søren Malling ... Martin R. Olsen
Charlotte Munck ... Kajsa Danning
Dar Salim ... Najib Bisma
Dulfi Al-Jabouri Dulfi Al-Jabouri ... Lutfi 'Lasse' Hassan
Cecilie Elise Sondergaard Cecilie Elise Sondergaard ... Figne
Adam Chessa Adam Chessa ... Julius
Andreas Buch Bogwardt Andreas Buch Bogwardt ... Elliot
Petrine Agger Petrine Agger ... Ulla
Martin Tamm Andersen Martin Tamm Andersen ... Michael Chidekel
Christian 'Krolle' Pedersen Christian 'Krolle' Pedersen ... Kenneth 'Slagter' Jensen
Andre Fog Sorensen Andre Fog Sorensen ... Nikolai Jones
Daniel Ulvedal Jensen Daniel Ulvedal Jensen ... Danny Sorensen
David Barrett David Barrett ... Peter Rytter
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Duty goes beyond battlefield.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Denmark | France

Language:

Danish | Arabic | English

Release Date:

10 September 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A War See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,997, 26 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$122,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,113,277
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the fourth time Pilou Asbæk stars in a movie written and/or directed by Tobias Lindholm. See more »

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Komponeret Og Fremført AF/ Composed and Performed by Morten Green
(P) 2015 Morten Green
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Danish cinema delivers once again
19 January 2016 | by bertverwoerdSee all my reviews

Over the last decade, we've come to expect a lot from the Danes when it comes to making movies. This film, too, shows a lot of promise: its writer and director Tobias Lindholm also wrote the scripts for the fantastic Kapringen and the utterly haunting Jagten. Its lead actor Pilou Asbæk shined in R, Kapringen and Borgen. Does this talent show again in Krigen? Yes, it does.

It certainly does. The film excellently portrays the atrocities of warfare in Afghanistan through the eyes of company commander Pedersen (Asbæk), who is confronted with questions and decisions only soldiers have to deal with. Issues of survival, of morality, of death and life come to the fore in a film that shows nothing in war is black and white.

Why decide so-and-so? Why did such-and-such happen in this or that way? Could it have been altered? Could lives have been saved? Did I do the job I signed up for, or more, or less? The ways in which such issues haunt soldiers, their commanders, their families and even the Afghan locals, form the basis of this important film.

Lindholm refrains from falling into the pitfalls of making a typical gung-ho war film, or copying any of the thousands of battlefield depictions already produced. He produced a motion picture that will certainly stand the test of time because it is as much about the human condition on the battle- and home fronts, as it is about the fighting itself.

The cinematography is great, the sound is very decent and the plot ultimately leaves you with the same ambiguous feeling that many of the soldiers depicted will undoubtedly have. Krigen is a solid film that does not blemish the Danish film industry's good reputation, and is certainly a serious contender for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture.


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