LAND OF MINE

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN -

OUT 4 au­gust / CERT 15 / 101 Mins di­rec­tor Martin Zand­vliet cast Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Føls­gaard, Louis Hof­mann, Joel Bas­man

LACK­ING THE DERRING-DO of com­bat recre­ations and run­ning the risk of triv­i­al­is­ing the emo­tive sit­u­a­tion sur­vivors found them­selves in when con­fronting their for­mer oc­cu­piers, few films have tack­led the reprisals that took place in Eu­rope in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of World War II. Land

Of Mine at­tempts it — fo­cus­ing on 14 young Ger­man sol­diers, mere can­non fod­der to Hitler, who were forced to clear land­mines from a stretch of beach un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Dan­ish mil­i­tary. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing topic that begs in­ter­ro­ga­tion of the is­sues raised, but too of­ten ducks them to be truly sat­is­fy­ing. Nev­er­the­less, the sense of place is as as­sured as the per­for­mances, while the de­fus­ing se­quences are gen­uinely sus­pense­ful. dp

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