Land of mine

Land of mine

DVD - 2017 | German
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In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark.

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aleibarra
Oct 01, 2018

Understandably, few movies attempt to humanize German soldiers during WWII. "Land of Mine" is one of that dares to ask if later generations are to be held accountable for the hatred launched by their parents. As German troops leave occupied Denmark, a small contingent of soldiers is sent to work under Danish command in the (criminal under the Geneva Convention) task of clearing the beach of land mines. But these soldiers are teenagers, barely men, born during the war and with no combat experience but for one. You see them being subject to justifiable Danish hate as they lay on the sand, probing with rods until a mine is detected, and holding their breaths as they defuse them, their lives depending on it. What are they to the Danish Sergeant in charge, boys eager to finish their mission and be able to return home or just "Germans"?

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Nooksack20
Jun 26, 2018

Disgusting boring movie with lots of graphic violence.

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ba_library
Apr 20, 2018

Very good film written and directed by Dane Martin Zandvliet about German soldiers after WWII forced to clear mines planted by Germany during the war from the beaches on Denmark. It is a bit slow moving, but a very interesting subject which the Director says (in the bonus features) there isn’t much historical documentation about it. The guys in the movie look about 14 and we never learn how old they actually were, but it comes across quite heartbreaking. The Danish had a deep hatred for the Germans (Denmark was occupied by the Germans during the war) and that is portrayed in the film. Most of the characters in the film seem to be suffering from PTSD and it surfaces throughout the story. The Director said the film is based on fact, but the ending is fictional. He said he could not find any surviving German soldiers to verify his facts, but he met one man in Florida after the film was released who did mine removal in Denmark. A good look at the futility, devastation and disruption of war on people and the need for considering an element of humanity when trying to explain the consequences of war.

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howiecat
Mar 06, 2018

Didn't know what to expect. Normally don't get foreign films since can't read subtitles. But, I could read them and the story really captured me. Recommend it. The suspense, the meanness of war, aware of 'Denmark in war, and the surprises.

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INVS
Feb 18, 2018

If you don't want to read spoilers.....some of the reviews do contain spoilers. I was surprised by this film & very glad I took a chance - thankfully it has subtitles. Despite the brutality indicative of any war film, it has a strong impact on the viewer, good & bad. Unlike Dunkirk, this one is a definite unknown.

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imagenel
Feb 06, 2018

Viscerally powerful yet humanistic. Rife with tedium/tension with occasional bursts of horror (forget the relentless boom-boom of Hurt Locker). Rolland Moller gave a complex/nuanced turn as the Danish sergeant who mistreated the boys then secretly fed them and protected them, until his dog got blown up, then smuggled the survivors back to Germany by putting himself at risk. Echoes of Renoir and René Clair's Jeux Interdits, and Ozu's concept of family, esp. what is "family" in wartime? Original Danish title 'Under the Sand', not to be confused with the very different Under the Sand by Ozon. Check out the illuminating director's Q&A in Special Features.

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MGallagher
Feb 05, 2018

Excellent movie about a very little know historical episode. Very hard to watch because of the physical and mental violence but interesting nonetheless.

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MichelleinBallard
Nov 28, 2017

An intense and compelling film with a timely message--when fighting monsters take care to subdue your own monsters/monstrous impulses. If you like the film then be sure to check out the Q & A with the director in the special features. Fine acting and a horrific, true story in the midst of otherwise beautiful scenery.

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2017

WOW!! What a powerful film. I guess it should not come as a surprise that no matter how many books one reads or films one sees there are still thousands of untold / unknown stories from WWII. This movie tests your idea of what is fair and what is humane. Should German soldiers be made to remove thousands of land mines put on Denmark's coast by the Nazi forces? Why should Allied or civilian lives be put in jeopardy? But did these boys who were brainwashed into the Nazi military or enlisted out of the bravado of youth be responsible for acts committed by older soldiers? Do we weep more at the loss of an animal than we do for a young Wehrmacht soldier? Can a soldier who has seen all the depravity of war still grow to love young enemy soldiers who are also victims of that same war??? I will think about this film for long time. Highly recommend!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoeSuzanne Nov 04, 2017

LAND OF MINE is a terrific and sad German foreign film set during the aftermath of World War 2. It takes place along the coast of Denmark, where surrendered and very young German soldiers are told to defuse and remove their own land mines along the beach. LAND OF MINE is a different and another telling of the horrors of war.

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aleibarra
Oct 01, 2018

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aleibarra
Oct 01, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Most of the scenes of land mine defusing are extremely tense with detonations happening often when least expected.

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