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Land of Mine

Land of Mine

They survived the second World War, now they must survive the cleanupDec. 03, 2015 Denmark100 Min.R
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Roland Møller isSgt. Carl Rasmussen
Sgt. Carl Rasmussen
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard isLt. Ebbe Jensen
Lt. Ebbe Jensen
Louis Hofmann isSebastian Schumann
Sebastian Schumann
Joel Basman isHelmut Morbach
Helmut Morbach
Oskar Bökelmann isLudwig Haffke
Ludwig Haffke
Emil Belton isErnst Lessner
Ernst Lessner
Oskar Belton isWerner Lessner
Werner Lessner
Leon Seidel isWilhelm Hahn
Wilhelm Hahn

Synopsis

In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners of war were handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove the more than two million mines that the Germans had placed in the sand along the coast. With their bare hands, crawling around in the sand, the boys were forced to perform the dangerous work under the leadership of the Danish sergeant, Carl Leopold Rasmussen.

Land of Mine
Land of Mine
Original titleUnder sandet
IMDb Rating7.8 13,891 votes
TMDb Rating7.8 187 votes

(37) comments

  • euroGaryOctober 12, 2015Reply

    Predictable, but enjoyable

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  • Thomas Honoré NielsenDecember 2, 2015Reply

    A blot on Danish post-war history

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  • Alexander RaschDecember 4, 2015Reply

    Excellent movie

    What an excellent movie! Good actors, wonderful scenes, great plot. The
    Movie brings the feels to the audience so you can feel with them. Every
    second is as exciting as the second before. Maybe one of the best films
    in Denmark. Especially Leon Seidel plays his role perfect in every way.
    And all other Boys and Guys and Women are necessary and play an
    important role for the film. Martin Zandvliet created an film for the
    past and the future which entertains and teaches everyone. The film
    includes a dark past of Denmark. Young Boys are forced to disarm mines
    and this will be a deadly experience. If you watch Land of Mine you
    will not regret it. Thanks to everyone.

  • Karl SelfMarch 13, 2016Reply

    Nice Germans, mellow Danes

    Last week I saw the 2016 edition of ”The Diary Of Anne Frank”, which is
    probably the best-known story about WWII (still a good film, BTW).
    ”Under sandet” takes on one of those gazillion stories of the era which
    hardly anyone has heard about. During the war, the Germans laid a
    record number of mines on the Danish Western shore. After the war, the
    Danes had the fairly obvious idea of letting German POWs clear those
    mines.

    The movie shows what must be a battle-hardened elite Danish soldier (I
    assume — the movie never tells us anything about him except that he’s
    fond of his dog) leading a small assignment of German soldiers in
    cleaning beaches. As it turns out, the supposed ”supermen” are boys in
    uniform. Inevitably, defusions go wrong, sh*t gets blown up, and our
    tough-as-nails Sergeant eventually grows fond of the boys.

  • Katie BeamMarch 28, 2016Reply

    Love and Its Limits

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  • ericnottellingApril 7, 2016Reply

    Like a train wreck, great entertainment but the outcome is horrifying.

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  • Thomas ([email protected])April 24, 2016Reply

    Pretty impressive for the most part

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  • newjersianJune 18, 2016Reply

    Inhuman humans

    This movie tries to show the human nature of the German soldiers.
    Young, good kids who were forced to clean up the mine fields that were
    made by their fathers, uncles and brothers. However, watching the
    movie, I remembered the Babi Yar, a place in the Ukrainian capital city
    of Kiev. That is the most notorious and the best documented place of
    massacres Germans committed in two days of September 1941, wherein
    33,771 Jews were killed. Those Jews were mostly women and children.
    They didn’t wear uniforms, and they never fought against Germans. And
    those good, human German soldiers forced the Jews to dig their grave
    and then shot them with machine guns. Can we forget that? Can we forget
    that Germans came to the Land of Mine to kill innocent people? Can we
    see a human side in their inhuman deeds? Those kids shown in the movie
    could become the same German soldiers who would shoot in cold blood
    innocent civilians. Half of them died while taken out the mines. And
    half of my family perished when Germans came to the Land of Mine.
    That’s why even 71 years after the war ended I am still unable to see
    Germans as humans. And the movie… It’s well done. Good movie for
    those who have no personal experience with meeting the real German
    soldier.

  • dakjetsJune 24, 2016Reply

    One of the best this year

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  • VikingbyheartJuly 7, 2016Reply

    Another great danish flick!

    Several World War II stories are not told in the books, being forgotten
    over time. Inspired by true events, the film Under Sandet (original
    title) or Land of Mine (in English) addresses one of these reports,
    which occurred in Denmark after the war. Fearing that a possible Allied
    invasion would take place from the Danish coast, Nazi Germany filled
    the entire length of Denmark’s west coast with over 1.5 million mines.
    With the German surrender and the end of the war in May 1945, more than
    2,000 German prisoners of war were sent to disarm those landmines. The
    story focuses on a small group of young Germans who have the hard and
    dangerous task of clearing 45,000 mines from a danish beach to gain
    freedom.

    The film, written and directed by Martin Zandvliet, is an excellent
    motion picture, managing to bring to the screen a work with a new
    approach, although all the other war films ever made before. With an
    original script, the director succeeds to convey the bitterness brought
    by five years of Nazi occupation in Denmark. He also portrays the
    exploitation of children dragged into war. One of the great successes
    of Zandvliet’s direction and script is to show the war cycles: the
    winners, the danes, start to adopt the brutal practices of the losers,
    the Germans. It was precisely for situations like this that the Second
    World War broke out. France and other winning countries of World War
    required repairs and imposed absurd sanctions to Germany.

    The photography, by Camilla Hjelm, is to behold. And here, again, we
    have to highlight the director’s work. The use of long shot captures
    the beautiful danish landscape, while more intimate moments allow us to
    monitor the interactions among those soldiers. Maintaining an intense
    pace, the tranquility and vastness of the beach are contrasted, at all
    times, with the danger that awaits them ”under the sand”, expression
    that names the film. The soundtrack is catchy and at times
    heartbreaking, fitting in the drama narrated in the film.

    One of the elements that makes Land of Mine a memorable experience is
    the excellent performance of Roland Møller, playing the role of
    Sergeant Carl Rasmussen, protagonist of the story. Responsible to
    oversee the group of German soldiers, Carl struggle to separate his
    military duties from the hatred he feels for the old enemy. The actor
    delivered a complex character, moody, bitter and angry, but at the same
    time which has not lost humanity that exists within him. The rest of
    the cast was also well chosen and psychologically developed, in which
    the actors who play the soldiers have different personalities.

    With a philosophical discussion about military conflicts as well as
    being very intense and beautiful, Under Sandet gives us a real view of
    the complexities of the Second World War and human behavior.

    Originally posted in: https://vikingbyheart.blogspot.com.br

  • DuchinoJuly 11, 2016Reply

    Great film – just a great film about life, the cancer of war, and death

    My dear friend Ilario, a cultured movie buff, had warmly suggested this
    film these past days, among the many he mentions and those we get to
    talk about, and I could perceive that he had figured how this ”Land of
    Mine” would strike many chords with me. And it did; I watched it in
    original German/Danish with English subs (shaky at times, but OK), and
    the immersion was immediate from the impactful start. I’m sensitive to
    war scenarios and characters – especially lesser told ones – as this
    story tactfully paints a very sad, cruel and almost hopeless reality.
    The Sergeant is a great figure, the kids are true to life, the skies
    and beaches cold and lonely too. And full of death. ”Under Sandet”,
    instead, is full of cinematographic art.

  • Vladimir DjurdjevicJuly 23, 2016Reply

    This is a good one! Highly recommended.

    War is a nasty, nasty thing. The only people who can support war are
    those who never felt it on their own skin and psychopaths. If you have,
    even in traces, enough empathy to feel the pain of a fellow human, you
    will be a firm pacifist your entire life. And this movie serves as a
    great reminder of that. We live in the times when fear is all around
    us. You turn on the TV or you go online and there’s a terrorist attack
    or a massive shooting going on. And you are forced to make a choice –
    you are either with us or you’re one of them. The world is separated
    into good guys and bad guys and everything is perfectly black and
    white. But life is never so simple. I highly encourage you to watch
    this movie. You will be enlightened, even if just for a bit. I promise
    you that.

  • gordonl56August 11, 2016Reply

    Great History and Drama

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  • Claudio CarvalhoAugust 13, 2016Reply

    Magnificent Anti-War Film

    In 1945, in Denmark, after the defeat of Germany, the tough veteran
    Sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller) is assigned by Lieutenant Ebbe
    Jensen (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) to defuse and remove 2.2 million mines in
    the Danish West Coast to make the beaches safe. Carl receives a group
    of teenage Germans prisoners of war to clear mines. With the formal
    promise of Ebbe, Carl tells to the youngsters that when the task is
    accomplished, the survivors would be released to return to Germany.
    After the initial hostility with the enemy, Carl realizes that the POWs
    are too young and befriends the boys. But when a mine in a clear area
    blows up his dog, Carl forces the boys to walk together on the safe
    areas to check whether any mine was left behind. Months later, the
    survivors complete their task but Ebbe sends them to another mined
    field. What will Carl do?

    ”Land of Mine”, a.k.a. ”Under sandet”, is a magnificent anti-war film
    based on real events in Denmark where German POWS were sent to clear
    German mines on the beaches in a violation of Geneva Convention. The
    plot also shows the behavior and relationship of persons in power and
    the defeated ones and in the end there is no difference of who is who.
    Ebbe is as cruel as a Gestapo Commander and most of the POWs have the
    same concerns of any teenager, seeking for a job or to be with family
    and friends. My vote is eight.

    Title (Brazil): ”Terra de Minas” (”Land of Mines”)

  • Reno RanganAugust 24, 2016Reply

    Teen POWs in the post WWII Denmark.

    A Danish war-drama that was inspired by the historical account, but all
    the characters were fictional. Remember this title for another six
    month, because I am confident this film will make a journey to the west
    coast of the USA to compete at the 89th Academy Awards in the coming
    February. I have seen many foreign films, but I’m not this much
    positive for any others. If this film fails to make, then that would be
    a great disappointment despite having no idea of what are the other
    four films. So this is just for now, my stance may change later.

    Anyway, the film was heartbreakingly amazing. The WWII stories I had
    seen those told from the perspectives of the Australian, Japanese,
    Korean, Russian to African and European to the American western sea,
    Hawaii. And this is a Danish story, sets in just after the end of the
    war where prisoners of the war were used to clean up the mess. In the
    opening the teen German POWs were trained to defuse the land mine
    explosives and then later the unit was handed over to the Danish
    sergeant Carl Rasmussen where they are all going to work in one of the
    west coast landmines that was used to defend the Scandinavia by the
    Nazi. That is the story told how it all ends in the remaining parts.

    This was like another ‘Kajaki’, but not actually a war film. Using of
    the prisoners as the labourers is a violation, according to the Geneva
    rule. That’s the point of the film, focused to reveal the inhume act.
    But it was not anything like ‘The Railway Man’ ‘Unbroken’ or the ‘The
    Bridge on the River Kwai’. Watching a film about the brave soldiers
    inspires us and bring patriotism, but in this those teen kid screaming
    whenever something goes wrong really brings heartache. So not everybody
    feels comfortable with it, especially the family audience. But there
    were lots of edgy moments and you would never know what events follows.

    ”If they are old enough to go to war, they are old enough to clean up.”

    It was shot is the real location, and I think that part contributed to
    depicting the actual atmosphere where most of the POWs lost their arms
    and legs and some exploded into many pieces in the air. It was a simple
    narration, but the visuals talked itself more than anything else. All
    the actors were outstanding, especially those 4-5 German teens and of
    course the Danish sergeant Carl. I think the Carl’s influence had more
    impact, after seeing the opening scene where he went outrage and beat
    up those German soldiers returning home.

    There are a couple of small twists, but there are some scenes which are
    not easy to get over. Even though we know those were just fake, but
    that does not work once you totally into the story deeply. This is a
    different kind of emotional film, something you rarely experience. The
    director who is also the writer must be appreciated for handling it
    perfectly. Especially keeping the screenplay uncomplicated and between
    the two nations, where in the real event involves the British
    officials. I have never seen his other films, but this one will define
    him forth and the people are going to recognise him. So I hope he’ll
    keep up doing such level films in the future.

    I have never seen such film, I mean seen some where the kids were
    tortured, but this was very unique and totally a different perspective
    for that takes place in the backdrop of the WWII. Especially the
    Germans perspective is the very rare kind. So I’m kind of thinking if
    Germany picks ‘Look Who’s Back’ for the Oscars, the contest between
    these two would bring two different moods. At this point I don’t
    remember any Danish film I have seen so far in my life other than this
    one which I feel is the best Danish film ever. I mean, come on, who
    would do such film where your own nation, if not the whole nation, the
    one who represent was shown in the negative shade over the Nazi
    Germans. This is definitely one of the best films of the year. Highly
    recommended.

    8/10

  • ccvictimSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    National Expiation of Historical Wrong

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  • adrianparadaOctober 9, 2016Reply

    The story is simple and amazing!

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  • Bene CumbJanuary 9, 2017Reply

    A follow-up war film with a difference

    The further the WWII dates back and the more the political correctness
    enhances, the more difficult it is to create a versatile, realistic
    film about persons and events with direct connection to it. As it has
    always been so that history is created and communicated by winners…

    Nevertheless, a famous Danish film-maker Martin Zandvliet decided to
    try and, in principle, succeeded. The characters are versatile, there
    are no black-and-white approaches (e.g. Germans – bad, the Allies –
    good), and the actions and logic of events seems realistic (at times
    predictable though). Performances are at least good, usually even great
    (Roland Møller as Sgt. Carl Leopold Rasmussen and all youngsters
    depicting Germans prisoners), and the scenery and skillful camera-work
    enable to create the mood suitable for such a film.

    Perhaps the pace was not always even and the ending was rounded up
    hastily, but Under sandet is definitely a distinct film not to be mixed
    up with other war-related works. A month ago it made the shortlist of 9
    films to be considered for a nomination at the 89th Academy Awards –
    let’s see how things go.

  • Luka KraljevicJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    Hidden Heart

    Firstly, I’d like to say that war movies don’t interest or intrigue me
    too much. I’m a pure pacifist and unable to comprehend the hatred
    within humans. However, when I heard that his movie has been nominated
    for Oscar, I gave it a chance and now I’m certainly glad I did.

    What made me even more sensitive and upset in this movie is torturing
    young boys, treating them really badly, learning them things neither
    the adults should ever learn to do. It’s impossible to avoid the fact
    that many children were greatly involved in many wars since they are so
    easy to manipulate, afraid to oppose and deny but they are also fast-
    learners, therefore ideal to recruit.

    Then, there is the other side of the story presented by Sgt. Carl which
    showed me that everyone has a heart, no matter how rough and ruthless
    they seem on the outside. Even though I support the humane way of
    treating people, I can understand why it should be different in war.
    The situation and tasks are too serious to risk having someone slacking
    off. Sgt. Carl was just following his orders but he gradually put his
    guard down which was quite unexpected and I think it’s generally the
    right approach, whatever the conditions are. Things can mostly be
    successfully dealt with without causing traumas or should war state be
    an exception?

    So, Land of Mine opened an interesting question: Does it make you a
    greater leader and a bigger man by putting fear in your inferiors’
    bones, having no heart at all and having people that despise you? Or
    does the compassionate and understanding approach, having people that
    trust you and feel at least a little more comfortable considering the
    situation?

  • justincwardJanuary 29, 2017Reply

    The Only Good German is…

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  • CinemaClownJanuary 30, 2017Reply

    Disturbing, Disquieting & Devastating, ‘Land Of Mine’ Is Essential Cinema

    Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy
    Awards, Land of Mine (also known as Under sandet) is a disturbing,
    disquieting & devastating cinema that’s inspired from the immoral &
    inhuman act that the Danish authorities perpetrated against German
    POWs, majority of whom were teenagers, following the end of the Second
    World War in Europe.

    Set in post-World War II Denmark, the story of Land of Mine follows a
    Danish Sergeant who is assigned the duty to defuse & remove over 2
    million mines that were buried by the Germans along the coast during
    the war. Receiving a batch of teenage Germans POWs to carry out the
    operation, the Sergeant’s initial hostility towards them begins to
    undergo an unexpected change.

    Written & directed by Martin Zandvliet, the film opens with a crucial
    sequence that establishes the seething hatred that the Sergeant has
    against Germans and takes it up from there. Every segment featuring the
    young boys trying to defuse the mines with their bare hands despite
    being obviously ill-equipped to carry out the dangerous task is
    nail-biting as hell and even more hard-hitting when they fail at it.

    Zandvliet’s direction exhibits terrific restraint from start to finish
    and even more admirable is how he handles the characters & their arcs.
    Without choosing a side, he puts believable people on screen and keeps
    all their human attributes in tact, whether they are Danish or Germans.
    And while the hostile nature of the former against the latter is
    understandable, what the Danish authorities force them to do is equally
    inexcusable.

    Shot at historically authentic locations, the entire picture is
    splendidly photographed and the era of Denmark recovering from the war
    is wonderfully captured by its desaturated & earthy colour tones.
    Camera-work is hand-held, static & expertly controlled for the most
    part and allows the scenes to play out at their desired pace but the
    longer it lingers on the defusing process, the more suspenseful it
    becomes and majority of the time, ends on a heartbreaking note.

    Editing is skilfully carried out, for every single minute of its 1½
    hour narrative is accounted for & is relevant to the plot. Every
    sequence on the beach is compelling & handled with patience and every
    explosion or casualty reverberates with the audience & the impact of it
    is deeply felt. The film does feel longer than its runtime but it is
    relentlessly gripping till the end. And further enhancing its grim aura
    is the poignant score that always surfaces on time.

    Coming to the performances, Land of Mine features an incredibly
    committed cast in Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann & others, with Hofmann
    impressing the most. Møller is in as the Sergeant overseeing the mine
    clearing operation and expresses his character’s inner conflict
    brilliantly while Hofmann plays one of the young boys performing the
    fatal, endless task of defusing millions of buried mines with stunning
    balance, and the scenes between the two are its main highlight.

    On an overall scale, Land of Mine not only ranks amongst the best films
    of its year but is one of the finest films to come out from Cinema of
    Denmark. Incessantly human, powerfully moving & making a strong
    statement about what makes us human & why it’s even more important to
    stay as one in times of bitter conflict, this Danish masterpiece is an
    extremely riveting example of its genre that treads a difficult path &
    is utterly discomforting at times yet manages to fully redeem itself in
    the end. An essential viewing by all means, this Danish masterpiece
    comes very highly recommended.

  • subxerogravityFebruary 13, 2017Reply

    Grimm drama on the casualties of war

    There’s a weird double edge sword going on here. Though I can’t blame
    the Danish for being so cruel to the Germans so soon after the war
    ended, it’s difficult in this PC world of 2017 to see this happening.

    Denmark forces German soldiers to clean up their mess (A series of
    beaches infected with their land mines) before they can go home. Making
    this task even crueler is the soldiers doing it don’t look old enough
    to smoke a cigarette.

    It was a very honest look at the aftermath of war. The Danish military
    were treating the German’s worse than dogs, though Germany deserved it
    for the part they played in WWII. Land of Mine is a focus on humanity
    as one Danish Commanding officer must find this with a group of German
    boys he commands like they were slaves

    Land of Mine was at times hard to look at, especially when these kids
    were getting blown up. A little too real on how land mines work. One
    minute you’re there, the next minute you’re gone. Sometimes you saw the
    explosion coming, and then they surprise you with one you didn’t. It
    strangely added to the drama.

    Land of Mine was an interesting look on what it takes to turn the other
    cheek and forgive the enemy.

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  • Wanda O'ConnellFebruary 15, 2017Reply

    You will never forget this movie

    A painful film to watch at times – the film maker does not shield us
    from the painful truth of what happened to the young, German soldiers
    (as depicted in the film) but the heart of the story carries us
    through. Roland Moller’s portrayal of the Danish Sargent touched me so
    deeply. His fury and loathing at the beginning of the film (shaped by
    the war) turned into a visceral need to protect those in his care. I
    couldn’t imagine any actor making this role so utterly real who hadn’t
    been through hell, himself, and in the end came through with love. And
    this is the gift Mr. Moller, Martin Zandvliet, and the young German
    actors, leave us with.

  • Martin Bradley ([email protected])February 15, 2017Reply

    This makes ”The Hurt Locker” seem like a walk in the park

    This unbearably tense war movie is the Danish entry for this year’s
    Best Foreign Language film. It’s about a group of young German POW’s
    who are forced to clear a minefield with their bare hands and it makes
    ”The Hurt Locker” seem like a walk in the park. Brilliantly directed by
    Martin Zandvleit and beautifully played by a cast of mostly unfamiliar
    faces, this is an intelligent and unsentimental look a a piece of World
    War Two history usually ignored by the cinema and it has the courage to
    paint ‘the enemy’ in a good light and ‘the allies’ as villains. It’s
    also beautifully shot in widescreen by Camilla Hjelm. See this.

  • cdcrbFebruary 15, 2017Reply

    dangerous work

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  • Miguel NetoFebruary 23, 2017Reply

    A film that can portray the war very well and its drama in a different way.

    Under Sandet is the representative of Denmark pro Oscar for best
    foreign film, and is a film that portrays the war otherwise, shows men
    who has the task of digging and removing land mines, and is a heavy war
    drama, the performances are Strong, you see the suffering of the
    soldiers and their fear in this task, the direction of Martin Zandvliet
    is very precise, he manages to film very well the expression of the
    soldiers, the photograph is beautiful, the script is good, if you watch
    Under Sandet waiting A Saving Private Ryan, is going to be
    disappointed, because it is a film that does not have the task to do
    scenes of action, but dramatic scenes, Under Sandet is a very good
    film, and is a strong candidate to Oscar of best foreign film. Note 8.3

  • GUENOT PHILIPPE ([email protected])February 24, 2017Reply

    Land mine for the land of mine

    Oh God, what a terrific post war movie, showing for once German
    soldiers in a so different way, so human, so desperate. Yes, yes, yes,
    I loved this movie and I am so glad that it was at last shown in
    France. The men putting lands out of the ground, after the war, was
    already told about in José Giovanni’s LA SCOUMOUNE, remember? I do. And
    this kind of topic always brings suspense and poignant sequences,
    especially when you feel so close to the characters. I recommend this
    movie to all audiences. I am ashamed that so many hidden gems remain to
    be discovered.

  • MdebMarch 1, 2017Reply

    Utterly heart-wrenching

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  • Paul AllaerMarch 19, 2017Reply

    Tough-as-nails post-WW II soldier drama from Denmark

    ”Land of Mine” (2015 release from Denmark; original title: Under
    sandet, (‘Under the Sand’); 100 min.) brings the story of a group of
    German POWs in Denmark. As the movie opens, we are reminded it is
    ”Denmark, May 1945”, right after the end of WW II. We get to know
    Danish Sgt. Rasmussen, who–after violently lashing out against German
    soldiers leaving the country–is assigned to de-mine an area on
    Denmark’s western coast. Apparently the Nazis anticipated a possible
    invasion there, incorrectly as we all know. Rasmussen gets the help of
    about a dozen German soldiers who are ordered to actually do the work.
    When the soldiers arrive, it turns out most of them are just boys. As
    the Germans are trained on how to de-mine, one of them accidentally
    detonates a mine and dies. At this point we are a good 10 min. into the
    movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing
    experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

    Couple of comments: this is a high-profile (more on that later) and
    expensive (for European standards) production that brings to the big
    screen a post WWI episode not well known by the public at large (in the
    movie’s end titles, we learn that more than 2,000 German soldiers were
    involved in this enormous mining clearance project). The movie’s
    underlying tension (namely, at any time one of those landmines may
    detonate when making a minor error) rarely lets up, keeping us at the
    edge of our seat. On top of that, there are several outright brutal
    scenes involving Sgt. Rasmussen’s attitude towards the boy soldiers (it
    somehow reminded me of the first half hour of Kubrick’s Full Metal
    Jacket). All that said, while one certainly may have empathy for the
    boy soldiers as a group, I found it difficult to have the same
    emotional investment for the individual boys, as frankly they all
    seemed interchangeable to me within the movie’s context. But in the
    end, this is an eye-opening movie on many levels. Danish actor Roland
    Møller in the role of Sgt. Rasmussen is nothing short of extraordinary.

    ”Land of Mine” received immediate critical acclaim upon its release in
    2015 and in fact was nominated for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Movie
    Oscar, yes, LAST year’s Oscars. I have no idea why this movie is just
    now opening up in US theaters, but better late than never I suppose.
    The Saturday matinée screening where I saw this at in Ft. Myers was
    attended very nicely, much to my surprise. If you are interested in a
    slice of WW II history that you may not be familiar with, I urge you to
    check this out, be it in theater, or later on Amazon Instant Video on
    eventually on DVD/Blu-ray. ”Land of Mine” is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • Victoria WeisfeldMarch 23, 2017Reply

    How much bravery is required just to persevere

    This multiply-honored Danish-German movie from Martin Zandvliet also
    could have been titled Land of Mines, since it is based on Denmark’s
    real post-World War II program that used POWs to clear the mines the
    Germans laid up and down the Danes’ western seacoast. Apparently,
    someone in Hitler’s command believed the Allied invasion might take
    place there, and when the war was over, the mines had to go. In real
    life, we’re told, some 2,000 prisoners were given the task of clearing
    the beaches of some 1.5 million mines—a task New York Times reviewer
    A.O. Scott terms ”intuitively fair and obviously cruel.” About half of
    these former soldiers, many of whom were mere teenagers, died or were
    seriously injured in the process. This movie, which has subtitles, is
    about 14 such prisoners and not easy to watch. Lacking the Hollywood
    cues that typically signal when disaster’s coming and who will be next
    to die, every moment of training, every defusing of a mine, every run
    on the beach is tension-filled. Hardass Danish Sergeant Carl Rasmussen
    (played by Roland Møller) doesn’t think these prisoners should get by
    with a thing, and he works them hard. The story, then, is about how he
    gradually comes to see them as the young boys they are. The Danes are
    justly praised for saving the vast majority of their Jews in World War
    II, despite the country’s occupation by the German army, but this
    almost forgotten episode shows a darker side. Not everyone is capable
    of compassion or of easy forgiveness. And where should the Sergeant’s
    loyalties lie? With his countrymen (and the rest of humanity) who have
    suffered at the hands of the Nazis or with the boys now under his
    absolute command? The boys condemned to this excruciating duty, with
    its meager diet and the receding possibility they will ever return
    home, are portrayed by a fourteen young actors—including a pair of
    twins—who are utterly believable. Is their deadly task necessity or
    punishment? How much bravery is required just to persevere? A recent
    Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Land of Mine was
    shot on location on the Danish coast. A real mine—one missed by the
    young searchers more than 70 years ago—was discovered during filming.

  • s3276169March 27, 2017Reply

    The inhumanity and hypocrisy of war……..

    Land of Mine is a stinging indictment of war.

    Whilst self serving, sleazy politicians who have never faced war in
    their pampered lives, to this day still prattle on about military
    conquest and the glory of war, innocent people pay the price.

    This can be clearly seen in this film which examines Allied
    mistreatment of German POW’s at the end of World War II. Under the
    Geneva Convention prisoners of war were to be returned home. Instead,
    they were in many instances, used, in this case as forced labour, to
    clear land mines in Denmark. What’s even more appalling, is many of the
    so called soldier/prisoners, were little more than children.

    This is not a film to come to lightly. As this film shows and indeed,
    as history records, many of those who undertook this dangerous task
    died. As such, at times this film, is a truly horrible watch that will
    outrage and sadden you in equal measure. Its well acted too, with
    emotional and convincing performances handed in by the entire cast.

    Perhaps the only positive to come from this, is it will (I hope) cement
    your disgust and distrust of hypocritical warmongers (assuming you do
    not already loathe them as I do) in all their forms. If we are very
    very lucky too, it may in turn help lay the foundation for a more
    peaceful future for us all. Nine out of ten from me.

  • CineMuseFilmsMarch 29, 2017Reply

    Some of the most heart-pulse racing moments you can have in a war history story that needs to be told.

    In matters of war, no nation is free of guilt. Regardless of whether
    they are produced by victorious or vanquished countries, the better war
    films set out facts, acknowledge wrongdoing, express regret, and seek
    atonement. Many of them put guilt and culpability onto the widescreen
    so that current and future generations may learn from the past. This is
    the psychological space in which we find the extraordinary
    Danish-German war film Land of Mine (2016).

    It is 1945 and the war is over, but the beautiful Danish coastline has
    two million deadly mines left buried in the sand by the Nazi
    occupation. Danish Sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller) is assigned
    a squad of fourteen German prisoners of war who must clear a beach that
    contains 45,000 active mines. The Sergeant’s treatment of the teenage
    boys is initially brutal: they live and work in terrible conditions,
    are practically starved and constantly reminded that everyone in
    Denmark hates them and nobody cares if they live or die. Their task is
    to crawl along the beach by hand, poking a stick in the sand to locate
    mines, then defuse them before they explode. Inevitably, many failed.
    With echoes of Stockholm syndrome, both captor and captives find
    glimpses of humanity in each other that leads to Rasmussen being
    suspected by his tormenting superiors of going soft on the Germans. He
    must walk the fine line between military obedience, personal hatred of
    Nazis, and his growing compassion and realisation that these are just
    boys who were conscripted into battle. His characterisation and its
    transition from hatred to acceptance frames the narrative of this
    high-tension drama.

    Stunningly realistic cinematography with minute attention to detail
    amplifies the horror of this story. The acting is remarkable from a
    mostly unknown cast and Rasmussen’s performance captures the very
    essence of moral conflict. The mine-clearing proceeds
    inch-by-agonising-inch, and the film’s plot line inches forward at a
    similar pace. With camera at sand-level, we see close-up images of
    teenage warriors with beads of terror trickling down their faces as
    their sand-covered fingers slowly un-screw a detonator from a mine,
    knowing that an explosion will tear their body to pieces. These are
    some of the most heart-pulse racing moments you can experience through
    film. This is not entertainment nor is it for faint-hearted viewers;
    several scenes are horrific.

    Most war films glorify battle or corner us into cheering one side or
    the other. This film presents an exquisite conundrum: was it morally
    acceptable for the Danish military to force German POWs to remove the
    deadly mines that the Nazi army left behind, knowing that most will die
    or be maimed? Or should this deadly work have been carried out by
    Danish soldiers? Was the inhumane treatment of teenage soldiers
    justifiable, regardless of the brutality of the Nazi occupation of
    Denmark? In the light of such questions, is this film one of
    justification or a confessional that seeks atonement? Land of Mine
    shines a bright light on what has hitherto been a dark secret of Danish
    history. It is a powerful and important story.

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  • maurice yacowarMarch 29, 2017Reply

    Danish sergeant compels young German POWs to defuse buried mines.

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  • mmunierApril 2, 2017Reply

    An eye fro an eye

    Going to see ”a man called ove” we found the theater booked out so
    settled for ”Land of Mine”that was also been screened and with free
    sits. How bizarre IMDb says people who like this movie also liked the
    other! From what I can gather they’ve got nothing in common topic wise.
    Regardless for me it was a very worthwhile entertainment. (my friend
    commented that he was unhappy about it as he claims he goes to see
    movies to be entertained! May be we need to redefine entertainment.
    Being a story set at the end of the war I expected war topic and this
    one took me by surprise as it deals with using war prisoners to defuse
    enormous number of mines on the beach. And once we aware of the
    situation we can brace ourselves in our comfortable seat to be a little
    less comfortable. Although predictable, the dynamic between the ”chiefs
    and the Indians” Given the facts that the Chiefs got badly hurt at the
    cruelty of the now defeated German army, we could expect some hard
    feelings going a long way. However we now are dealing with young people
    who were doing only what they were told to do. Should we judge either
    party for their present or past action may spring to mind and certainly
    is thought provoking. The story get you to explores these feeling from
    the protagonists and yourself as they become individuals human being
    instead of Germans or Danish. I have question about the ending but like
    any story it had to end! I found it very interesting and remember
    returning from my military service spent in Germany as a French soldier
    and trying to convince an ex resistant from the South of France that
    thing had changed…But all I got was ”the only good German are the
    dead one! Over to you now 🙂

  • jdesandoApril 6, 2017Reply

    The suspense is a killer.

    ”Those of you who count the mines, make sure my card is updated. This
    task is as important as defusing mines.” Sgt. Carl Rasmussen (Roland
    Moller)

    In 1945, Denmark needed to defuse the over 2 million landmines left on
    their western beaches by the Nazis. A Danish sergeant is responsible
    for 14 German POWs, youngsters all, to find the 45 K on one beach,
    after which the boys can go home.

    That precision mentioned in the opening quote lies at the heart of the
    film’s considerable suspense because one unaccounted for mine can take
    multiple lives. And so, the sergeant has to corral teenage workers,
    motivate them with fear, and keep at bay his growing affection for
    them.

    Therein lies the real suspense: Will he learn to love and protect them
    or will he be brutal as he was in the opening scene? For a story
    somewhat like Hurt Locker, Land of Mine is a minimalist work of
    complexity, unadorned with the usual tropes of thrillers but full of
    the humanity to make it rise above just another WW II sentimental
    reflection.

    Besides the tension built into the always impending explosions is the
    question of whether or not the Danes will act like Nazis suppressing
    the lads and hurrying them on to death. The moments of warmth between
    the sergeant and the boys are few but revelatory enough for us to hope
    their innocence and bravery will win him over.

    Land of Mine will usher you into a war zone you’ve not seen handled so
    well in cinema, except possibly Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion in the
    ’30’s. The drama, replete with many dramatic elements and even Chekov’s
    gun, will make you wince at the possibly grotesque fate of faultless
    boys and their conflicted sergeant.

  • vignesh404April 8, 2017Reply

    Experience the WWII.

    This movie grabs you from the very first scene, when Sgt. Carl
    Rasmussen shouts at German war prisoners. I had no idea about WWII and
    the series of events shown in this movie were devastating. Gave me a
    fear down my spine.

    As the title suggests, ‘Land of Mine’ could be said by Germans for
    mining the land. And by Danish, for their rights on the land.

    If you are here to check the reviews, stop reading it and Watch the
    movie. This classic made me write the first review in IMDb.

    -Vignesh

  • patheApril 20, 2017Reply

    What else could the Danes do?

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