A Danish officer, Michael (Thomsen), is sent away to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months. His first mission there is to find a young radar technician who had been separated from his squad some days earlier. While on the search, his helicopter is shot down and he is taken as a prisoner of war, but is reported dead to the family.
With this rate of watching Danish movies, I'll probably end up learning Danish very, very soon!
I'd heard of this film several years ago - even just reading the plot, one can tell the film is heavy and intense. It's a curious drama; it starts off like an average family drama, but halfway through it becomes almost unbearable to watch. Horrid. Ghastly. Depressing. Dealing with what love and fear do to people in extreme situations, the story unravels and really touches you. Yes, this is no 'Open Hearts', but once again it's the quality of pulling the viewer in and drowning them in emotions of reality that really stands out. Maybe the ending wasn't quite what I had expected,…
Two brothers - one a soldier and a family man shipped to Afghanistan - the other a wreckless loner. What happens when the soldier is presumed dead and the "widow" becomes dependant on her brother-in law.
Real life horror, very good acting, Scary what war can do to people... The US remake is nice but not as good as this film.
A very moving film with powerful actor performances. I'm glad that for once I managed to see the original before a remake.
Very, very good movie. Beautiful story and images.
Very well done. A bit depressing.
After watching this I have even less for respect, if that's possible, for American cinema.
If they are not preaching about freedom and saving the world, or shooting up whole nations single handedly then they are ripping off the best of World cinema, as they have done here.
Decent effort by Susanne Bier, superior to Jim Sheridan 2009 attempt, but I'm bound to sat that aren't I!!
This is a Danish film that looks like Dogme 95 (though it isn’t actively following those rules), but it plays like a much more conventional melodrama. The story itself has merit I suppose and it’s pretty topical, and the acting is good for that matter. However, I was constantly annoyed by the look of this movie which was needlessly amateurish and ugly, going so far as to have some kind of fish-eye effect over the frame for large quantity of screen time. There’s nothing immersive about this and its just as distracting, and in its own way unrealistic, as a glossy music video look would have been. If they weren’t going to put a little more thought into how they were going to tell this story visually they should have just made it into a play or something.
The Danish one.
Not-Colin comes home to not-Charlize and finds not-Willem has filled his spot.