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A War

A War
  • 2015
  • Denmark
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tobias Lindholm
  • Cast: Pilou Asbaek, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling
  • UK release: 8 January 2016

Claus (Asbaek) is the commander of a unit of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan; when his unit comes under fire, he is forced to make a split-second decision which will have fateful consequences. A first-rate moral tale from Borgen writer Lindholm, with superb work from Asbaek as the troubled soldier.

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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.

"This powerful drama about a Danish army officer on trial after his patrol suffers a traumatising loss in Afghanistan blurs boundaries between bravery and blame"

"Nail biting tension, suffocating stillness" The Guardian ★★★★

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A War

4 Jan 20164 stars

Thought-provoking military drama from Danish director Tobias Lindholm

Anyone that’s followed Danish drama recently can’t fail to be impressed by Tobias Lindholm. One of the screenwriters behind TV’s political maelstrom Borgen, he was also the co-scribe of Thomas Vinterberg’s child abuse-themed nail-biter The Hunt. Now he…

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