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Under sandet (2015)

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In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs is forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

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Sebastian Schumann
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Helmut Morbach
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Lt. Ebbe Jensen
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Karin
Zoe Zandvliet ...
Elisabeth, Karins Daughter
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Soldier Peter
Oskar Bökelmann ...
Ludwig Haffke
Emil Belton ...
Ernst Lessner
Oskar Belton ...
Werner Lessner
Leon Seidel ...
Wilhelm Hahn
Karl Alexander Seidel ...
Manfred
Maximilian Beck ...
August Kluger
August Carter ...
Rudolf Selke
Tim Bülow ...
Hermann Marklein
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SPOILER: In 1945, in Denmark, after the defeat of Germany, the tough veteran Sergeant Carl Rasmussen is assigned by Lieutenant Ebbe Jensen to defuse and remove 2.2 million mines in the Danish West Coast to make the beaches safe. Carl receives a group of teenage Germans prisoners of war to clear mines. With the formal promise of Ebbe, Carl tells to the youngsters that when the task is accomplished, the survivors would be released to return to Germany. After the initial hostility with the enemy, Carl realizes that the POWs are too young and befriends the boys. But when a mine in a clear area blows up his dog, Carl forces the boys to walk together on the safe areas to check whether any mine was left behind. Months later, the survivors complete their task but Ebbe sends them to another mined field. What will Carl do? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They survived World War II. Now they have to survive the clearing.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for violence, some grisly images, and language | See all certifications »

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3 December 2015 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Land of Mine  »

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$13,754 (USA) (10 February 2017)

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$434,640 (USA) (19 May 2017)
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The use of German children for post WW2 mine sweeping has by many historians been declared as the worst case of war crimes ever conducted by the Danish state. Specifically, it is explicitly forbidden in the Geneva Conventions that any Prisoner of War be forced to perform dangerous and/or unhealthy labor. See more »

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The boys keep having the same 'fresh' haircut throughout the movie (that covers three months). It's unlikely that they had a hairdresser around, or even a pair of scissors. See more »

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Sgt. Carl Rasmussen: Those of you who count the mines, make sure my card is updated. This task is as important as defusing mines.
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Magnificent Anti-War Film
13 August 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1945, in Denmark, after the defeat of Germany, the tough veteran Sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller) is assigned by Lieutenant Ebbe Jensen (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) to defuse and remove 2.2 million mines in the Danish West Coast to make the beaches safe. Carl receives a group of teenage Germans prisoners of war to clear mines. With the formal promise of Ebbe, Carl tells to the youngsters that when the task is accomplished, the survivors would be released to return to Germany. After the initial hostility with the enemy, Carl realizes that the POWs are too young and befriends the boys. But when a mine in a clear area blows up his dog, Carl forces the boys to walk together on the safe areas to check whether any mine was left behind. Months later, the survivors complete their task but Ebbe sends them to another mined field. What will Carl do?

"Land of Mine", a.k.a. "Under sandet", is a magnificent anti-war film based on real events in Denmark where German POWS were sent to clear German mines on the beaches in a violation of Geneva Convention. The plot also shows the behavior and relationship of persons in power and the defeated ones and in the end there is no difference of who is who. Ebbe is as cruel as a Gestapo Commander and most of the POWs have the same concerns of any teenager, seeking for a job or to be with family and friends. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Terra de Minas" ("Land of Mines")


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