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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.

Director:

Tobias Lindholm

Writer:

Tobias Lindholm
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 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 the 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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Details

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:

$9,095, 14 February 2016

Gross USA:

$122,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,114,663
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Denmark to the best foreign language film category of the 88th Academy Awards 2016. See more »

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Referenced in BoJack Horseman: It's You (2016) See more »

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Stunning and Compelling Danish Film on the war in Afghanistan.
15 May 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Pilou Asbæk of 'A Hijacking' fame plays Claus Michael Pedersen a Commander of the Danish forces in Afghanistan. The men have to do the usual patrols and face constant threats from Afghan rebels and IED's. Then on another patrol he and his men come under heavy and sustained fire and in the fog of battle he makes a fateful decision that will have huge future ramifications.

We also have the story of his wife back home and the daily trials of trying to bring up three kids and hold a normal life together with their father away for months overseas and only having a satellite phone to stay connected.

This is a very intense film that captures the utter fear of war and the awful situations that modern warfare can land people up in. It shows this from all sides. The acting is just superb and the direction from Tobias Lindholm ('The Hunt') is very accomplished. They do have wobbly cam a few time but not the full on shaky cam that so many people dislike, but I can live with that. The translation of the sub titles is wrong in a couple of places but generally quite good. This is a film that had me on the edge of my seat, the time flew by and as such I can agree with all the plaudits and easily recommend this as a great one to see.


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