Thursday, 8 February 2018
"Land of Mine"
A war film of a different kind. I am writing to recommend this Danish film.
World War II. During the Occupation, the Wehrmacht laid around 1.2 million landmines along the beaches of the West coast of Denmark. At the end of the war, thousands of German POWs were forced to dig them up (you laid them, you find them) despite this being outlawed under the Geneva Convention. The film follows a group of German teenage conscripts, boys really, being forced into the work by the Danish authorities and supervised by a Paratrooper sergeant.
For me, even after 24 hours I find myself conflicted by the ethics of the action, is this justice or is it vengeance?