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A War(Krigen)

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Denmark, France · 2015
Rated R · 1h 55m
Director Tobias Lindholm
Starring Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck
Genre Drama, War

Company commander Claus Michael Pedersen and his men are stationed in Helmand, Afghanistan. Meanwhile back in Denmark, with a husband at war and three children missing their father, everyday life is a struggle for Claus' wife Maria. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy Taliban crossfire. In order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that ultimately sees him return to Denmark accused of a war crime.

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The Film Stage by

Lindholm excels at a sort of controlled naturalism – malleable enough to let the scene develop autonomously, and so precise and inquisitive that there’s not even a hint of padding in sight.


Village Voice by Alan Scherstuhl

Perhaps the best film yet set against the mess of the ongoing Middle Eastern wars, Tobias Lindholm's latest is a scrupulous, unglamorized examination of battlefield decision-making — and its potentially devastating impacts, both there and back home.


CineVue by Ed Frankl

Asbæk is towering as Claus, never less than believable as the leader of his platoon, and standout as he comes to terms with the cracks in his own story.


Variety by Guy Lodge

A War 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.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The real war of A War is waged within Claus, with Lindholm's camera trained mercilessly on Asbæk as he delivers yet another faultlessly committed performance, within a large ensemble in which every performer feels note-perfect.


Empire by Olly Richards

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


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

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

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