Danish director Martin Zandvliet has undertaken the task of telling a true story that happened in Denmark in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Seems straightforward enough. What makes it one of the most unusual films I have ever seen is that he leads us down a path where we are supposed to feel sorry for a group of young Nazis.
It left me with mixed feelings, though I'm fairly sure the director was pushing for something more. Perhaps I was supposed to be rooting wholeheartedly for the young Nazi soldiers stuck in Denmark after Germany surrendered. But that's a bit of a stretch (for me, at least).
During the war, the German troops occupying Denmark buried over two million mines in the sands of the Danish beaches to hinder an anticipated Allied invasion. When the war ended, the mines had to be removed. The Danish government decided that the task of ridding the beaches of mines should be handled by the 2,000 German soldiers already there. Why would Denmark risk the lives of its own citizens when the people who buried the mines could perform the extremely risky job?
It's a well-made film, but it feels manipulative and dishonest to me, because it absolutely ignores everything that came before it. If you can handle the premise of Nazi as victim, go see it.
|Movie title||Land of Mine|
|Summary||Danish film tells the true story of young German soldiers being used to defuse mines after World War II. Their treatment was illegal and perhaps immoral, but was it wrong?|