Land of Mine. Danish/German War Film

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  1. Spymaster

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    Anyone seen this?

    We watched it last night and thoroughly recommend it.

    Based on true events it's about a shameful episode in immediate post war allied/Danish history in which several thousand German prisoners of war, mostly teenagers, were illegally detained and forced to clear over a million landmines from Danish beaches. Half of them were killed or seriously injured and starved. It's very well acted, beautifully shot on the genuine beach locations in Denmark, and is an interesting mix of inhumanity and decency. The actor who plays the unpredictable Sergeant Rasmussen (Danish ex-violent criminal, Roland Moller) is brilliant, as are most of the cast of mainly unknown youngsters and the mine handling scenes are nerve-shredding. Mrs Spy was looking away for much of the film.

    Warning: it opens with a scene of a violent and prolonged beating of a German POW.

    It's on Amazon Prime Video.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2018
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  2. S☼I

    S☼I I don't want your poxy mint

    Might watch this tonight while ironing then. Cheers.
     
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  3. S☼I

    S☼I I don't want your poxy mint

    Is it subbies?
     
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  4. Spymaster

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    Yes. But not a huge amount of dialogue so it's easy to follow.
     
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  5. S☼I

    S☼I I don't want your poxy mint

    Ah, OK. I'm fine with them but possibly not while handling hot metal objects. Will watch it after work tomorrow instead :thumbs:
     
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  6. Spymaster

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    I had to mess about a bit to get the subtitles to come up on Prime. If they're not on screen straight away turn them off and on again a couple of times.
     
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  7. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    Thank you for the recommendation, I am busy this weekend but will watch later in the week.
    Ta.
     
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  8. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    Cheers Spymaster, cracking film, edge of the seat stuff and amidst all the tension and hatred a glimmer of humanity.
    Excellent cast and locations. A story that needs to be known.
    I will be recommending this to a lot of people.
    Interesting portrayal of the British military I thought, nice to see another nation's point of view!
    :thumbs:
     
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  9. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Very powerful, I need a second attempt to get through it as was too nerve wracking for the first go.
     
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  10. Spymaster

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    Glad you liked it.

    I'm surprised it's not better known. It's up there with Das Boot for 'other side perspective', imo.
     
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  11. Spymaster

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    Same for Mrs Spy. We're watching it again tonight.

    Apparently, Zandvliet filmed some of the mine-handling scenes first, without the actors knowing if they were going to set off a pyro-bang (thus "killing" them and knocking them out of the picture) so in those scenes the players were actually shitting themselves.
     
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  12. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Snap!
    Just finished it too. Worth persevering. Well made film. Great performances, good script, powerful story well told.
     
  13. craigxcraig

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    Thamks for heads up Spymaster ill be sure to watch this :)
     
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  14. Spymaster

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    From our viewing last night it seems as though the opening scene of the beating has been shortened a fair bit from when we first watched it. Is that possible?
     
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  15. Spymaster

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    We watched this again last night.

    Have you seen it yet?
     
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  16. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    Ditto.
     
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  17. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    Not yet, thanks for the nudge - I'll look for it today.
     
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  18. fucthest8

    fucthest8 The rucksack of bollocks that is work.

    Fantastic film, watched it a couple of months back. As spy says, up there with Das Boot. I can't phrase it in a way that isn't a bit trite, but it truly is powerful, thought provoking stuff about the difference between seeing the other side as the reduction of "enemy" and then knowing them as individuals. It was both horrible and beautiful.
     
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  19. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    I would definitely put it in the top five category of war related films. So much anger and anguish before compassion surfaces.
    Brilliant story about humanity.
     
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    fucthest8 The rucksack of bollocks that is work.

  21. Duncan2

    Duncan2 Well-Known Member

    Just watched that and very glad I did.Probably the most compelling anti-war film I have seen.More prosaically- will think hard before camping on Denmark's West Coast again.
     
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  22. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom It was like that when I got here

    Spy you'd love a film / doc about German infantry in ww2 called "Die Ländse"
     
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  23. Spymaster

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    Can't find this anywhere. Is it known as anything else?
     
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  24. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom It was like that when I got here

    No idea. It was definitely called that though. Try varying your search terms a bit?

    German language doc about the experience of the infantry on the frontline. It was a real eye opener.

    I'm sure I'm right on the name. Must be something out there somewhere :hmm:
     
  25. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom It was like that when I got here

    Just been googling, found literally fuck all.

    I'm not imagining things :mad::hmm:

    Let me have a think
     
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  26. spitfire

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    Finally got round to watching this, a truly excellent movie. :thumbs:

    I've had a poke about and can't find anything either.
     
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  29. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I watched Land of Mine the other day, and found it quite profound...... It's a bleak as fuck film, but if you're interested in the period, or war films generally its a must see imo.
     

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