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A War (2015)

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The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

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Tobias Lindholm

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Tobias Lindholm
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilou Asbæk ... Claus Michael Pedersen
Tuva Novotny ... Maria Pedersen
Søren Malling ... Martin R. Olsen
Charlotte Munck ... Kajsa Danning
Dar Salim ... Najib Bisma
Dulfi Al-Jabouri Dulfi Al-Jabouri ... Lutfi 'Lasse' Hassan
Cecilie Elise Sondergaard Cecilie Elise Sondergaard ... Figne
Adam Chessa Adam Chessa ... Julius
Andreas Buch Bogwardt Andreas Buch Bogwardt ... Elliot
Petrine Agger Petrine Agger ... Ulla
Martin Tamm Andersen Martin Tamm Andersen ... Michael Chidekel
Christian 'Krolle' Pedersen Christian 'Krolle' Pedersen ... Kenneth 'Slagter' Jensen
Andre Fog Sorensen Andre Fog Sorensen ... Nikolai Jones
Daniel Ulvedal Jensen Daniel Ulvedal Jensen ... Danny Sorensen
David Barrett David Barrett ... Peter Rytter
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Storyline

Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home. Written by Nordisk Film Production A/S

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Taglines:

Duty goes beyond battlefield.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some war related images | See all certifications »
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Country:

Denmark | France

Language:

Danish | Arabic | English

Release Date:

10 September 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A War See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,997, 26 February 2016

Gross USA:

$122,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,113,277
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the fourth time Pilou Asbæk stars in a movie written and/or directed by Tobias Lindholm. See more »

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Measuring One Human Life Against Another
13 September 2016 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

It's easy as an American, with our American-centric media, to think of military conflicts like those taking place in Afghanistan as essentially American conflicts. It's interesting, therefore, to see films that explore those conflicts through the perspectives of other countries fighting the same fight we are.

Documentaries and fictional films I've seen that have the war on terror as their subject, "A War" included, remind me of the films I've seen about Vietnam. A bunch of soldiers wandering around, not sure of what their assignments are or who's giving the orders, living in a constant high-key state of extreme anxiety that any moment might be the moment where they or a friend die. Whatever the conflict's origin, the purpose seems to gradually be obscured by the sheer monotony and bureaucratic confusion of the whole thing, important decisions being made by men in offices miles away from where the actual fighting is taking place.

"A War" establishes this environment, and then asks us as viewers how well we would do at making critical decisions if we were in the same situation. The commander at the film's focus is put on trial, and from a purely legal standpoint should probably have been found guilty. He certainly lies in an attempt to gain an acquittal. But I for one didn't want him to be found guilty and didn't blame him for lying or a member of his unit for lying for him. The film asks of us what wars since the beginning of time have been asking of those who are forced to fight them: measure the value of one human life against that of another. It's an impossible position to be put in, one that has no good outcome, and one that is destined to haunt the person who has to make the decision for the rest of his life, no matter what he ultimately decides.

"A War" brought Denmark an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars.

Grade: A-


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