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Rated R · 115 minutes · 2016

Drama, War
Tobias Lindholm—whose gripping thriller A Hijacking (2012) detailed tense negotiations between Somali pirates and Danish shipping executives over a stolen vessel—brings his exacting, clinical approach to this tale of Danish military forces in Afghanistan. Like the earlier film, this one is divided between two distinct worlds with different power dynamics: for the first half, Lindholm cuts from a company commander (Pilou Asbaek), stationed in Helmand province and charged with protecting innocent Afghanis from the Taliban, to his wife (Tuva Novotny), worrying about him and struggling to care for their small children. Only in the second half, after the commander is accused of a war crime and returns home to stand trial, do these two worlds merge and their respective realities clash, with sobering results. In Danish with subtiutles.

See our full review: <i>A War</i> locates the fine line between duty and war crime

A War locates the fine line between duty and war crime

Tobias Lindholm follows his critics' favorite A Hijacking with another drama about a white man caught in a third-world nightmare. »

Official Site: www.magpictures.com/awar
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Producer: Rene Ezra, Tomas Radoor, Henrik Zein, Lena Haugaard, Ron Halpern and Olivier Courson
Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck, Dar Salim, Dulfi Al-Jabouri and Alex Andersen

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