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 land mines from the coast of Denmark.


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Jan 06, 2020

Martin Zandvliet has directed a semi-interesting story on the abuse of (barely) teenage German prisoners - here used to defuse land mines on Danish beaches. If he could have avoided the bathos of one of the prisoners saving a local child from being blown up and made the Sargent Rasmussen character hard-edged from start to finish this could have been a great one - on a par with the tale of end of the war concentration camp insanity, "The Captain".

Mar 30, 2019

A Danish-German film with English sub-titles. Based upon a true story of Danes forcing captured German soldiers after WW 2 to remove all the land mines from their beaches and the soldiers suffering the consequences of screwing up. The movie cadence and timing does not translate very well with American audiences but it is a well done movie, graphic violence and you really feel sorry for the young German soldiers.

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"?

Jun 26, 2018

Disgusting boring movie with lots of graphic violence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Oct 01, 2018

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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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