Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film – 2016 Academy Awards
A WAR explores how societies react when reasonable decisions lead to unacceptable results, and how the ambiguities of combat play out for soldiers and their families.
Company commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a split-second decision that threatens grave consequences for him, his wife Maria, and their three small children.
Director Tobias Lindholm strives for the utmost authenticity, using actual Danish and Afghani veterans to play all but the key roles. A WAR conveys the emotional strain and the “on-the-ground maelstrom of combat as vividly as any film on the subject.” (Variety)
"Perhaps the best film yet set against the ongoing Middle Eastern wars."
"A War is a film done exactly right about a situation gone horribly wrong. A powerful foreign language Oscar finalist, it proves yet again that agonizing moral dilemmas make for the most effective cinema."
"We are left with the impression that the fight against the Taliban is just one war among many, and that the stress of combat, whether in action or in its aftermath, affects more than the military alone"
"Microcosms don't feel micro to those who inhabit them. Such is the case in 'A War,' a small-scale drama of outsize power."
"Effective drama...Asbaek's [performance is] emotionally honest and raw"
"Rigorous, engrossing anatomy of a suspected war crime...consummate sensitivity and detail. Beautifully acted across the board"