“Assuming you defuse six mines an hour and don’t get blown up, you’ll be home in three months.” In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark.
When Denmark was liberated at the end of the Second World War, over one and a half million unexploded landmines remained buried on its beaches. The Danish and UK governments took the questionable decision to task German prisoners of war with their removal. ‘Land of Mine’ explores moral responsibility in the aftermath of war through the story of a group of very young mine-clearing POWs under the supervision of a violently embittered Danish sergeant. Brutal, believable and punctuated with gallows humour, this at times harrowing film focuses
on the personal impact of policies of retribution and sensitively probes how reconciliation may (or may not) occur.
Camilla Hjelm’s breathtaking cinematography ratchets up the tension by juxtaposing the apparent calmness of long stretching beaches with the knowledge of what lies beneath.
Featuring a brilliant young cast, the film is an outstanding piece of cinema. The photography is stunning with cinematographer Camilla Hjelm creating wonderful, sweeping vistas of a now peaceful Danish coastline, with the viewer always aware of the powerful threat that lies underneath. Harrowing, heart-breaking and totally captivating, Land Of Mine is well-worth seeking out; a truly accomplished, and really tense piece of work.The Hollywood News