A War

A War

A War

Director Tobias Lindholm re-teams with A Hijacking lead Pilou Asbæk (TV's Borgen) for this tale of Danish troops in Afghanistan, and the choices they make that follow them home from the battlefield. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

With his company under heavy fire, commander Claus Pedersen (Asbæk) calls in an urgent airstrike to save his men. Sent back to Denmark shortly afterward, Pedersen finds himself charged with the killing of eleven civilians in the ensuing bombardment. The court case that follows will place great strain on the commander, his comrades, and his young family.

2015Rating: M115 minsDenmarkDanish and Arabic with English subtitles
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A War (between hearts and minds)

How do you justly prioritize the relative value of human lives? Can personal truth validate a factual lie? And where does individual responsibility begin or end when you "serve your country"? You need to know going in that this is not an action-oriented combat film but a question-oriented moral drama, though rest assured it is a gritty one that crackles...

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Variety

Variety

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Doesn’t seek to break new ground in the ongoing cinematic investigation of the Afghanistan conflict; rather, it scrutinizes the ground on which it stands with consummate sensitivity and detail.

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Time Out

Time Out

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In its own restrained way, this drama packs an emotional punch.

4.0
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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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That A War both delivers the results one might wish for and denies a sense of closure is not a failing but its chief virtue.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Does something brave and challenging in making its most sympathetic character responsible for the worst thing that happens in it.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Lindholm here makes yet another modestly scaled but effective drama that asks more uncomfortable questions than it answers.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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It’s a riveting, complex film that asks one simple question: what do you do when there’s no right answer?

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Doesn’t seek to break new ground in the ongoing cinematic investigation of the Afghanistan conflict; rather, it scrutinizes the ground on which it stands with consummate sensitivity and detail.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

In its own restrained way, this drama packs an emotional punch.

4.0
0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

That A War both delivers the results one might wish for and denies a sense of closure is not a failing but its chief virtue.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Does something brave and challenging in making its most sympathetic character responsible for the worst thing that happens in it.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Lindholm here makes yet another modestly scaled but effective drama that asks more uncomfortable questions than it answers.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s a riveting, complex film that asks one simple question: what do you do when there’s no right answer?

4.0
0

A War (between hearts and minds)

How do you justly prioritize the relative value of human lives? Can personal truth validate a factual lie? And where does individual responsibility begin or end when you "serve your country"? You need to know going in that this is not an action-oriented combat film but a question-oriented moral drama, though rest assured it is a gritty one that crackles...

4.0
0