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Krigen (2015)

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The story of a Danish commander, who accused for civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Maria Pedersen
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Martin R. Olsen
Charlotte Munck ...
Kajsa Danning
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Najib Bisma
Dulfi Al-Jabouri ...
Lutfi 'Lasse' Hassan
Cecilie Elise Sondergaard ...
Figne
Adam Chessa ...
Julius
Andreas Buch Bogwardt ...
Elliot
Petrine Agger ...
Ulla
Martin Tamm Andersen ...
Michael Chidekel
Christian 'Krolle' Pedersen ...
Kenneth 'Slagter' Jensen
Andre Fog Sorensen ...
Nikolai Jones
Daniel Ulvedal Jensen ...
Danny Sorensen
David Barrett ...
Peter Rytter
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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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Duty goes beyond battlefield.

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Crime | Drama | War

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Rated R for language and some war related images | See all certifications »
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10 September 2015 (Denmark)  »

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A War  »

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$28,997 (USA) (26 February 2016)

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$122,902 (USA)
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This is the fourth time that actor Pilou Asbæk portrays a Danish soldier. First in a minor role in Forbrydelsen (The Killing) season two. Secondly in the TV-show 1864. Thirdly in 9. April and finally in Krigen (A War). See more »

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Komponeret Og Fremført AF / Composed and Performed by Faye Blais
(P) 2008 Apollo Live
Forlaght AF Apollo Live
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Danish cinema delivers once again
19 January 2016 | by (Netherlands) – See 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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