“Land of Mine” was nominated for an Oscar in the foreign language category. It is an excellent film that is very hard to watch because it is a true story that shows what happens to Nazi soldiers in Denmark at the end of the war. Instead of the evil Nazi’s that we usually see in World War II movies, these are young boys in their late teens who just want to go home and get on with their lives.
In 1945 post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs is forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.
Roland Moller stars as Sgt. Carl Rassmussen. Louis Hoffman is German soldier Sebastian Schumann. Joel Basman is Helmut Morbach. Oskar Bokelmann plays Ludwig. Emil and Oskar Belton are German twin brothers Ernest and Werner Lessner.
This was a very well acted film even though it is all in German and Danish. Unlike many foreign films, the subtitles are easily read.
The film was directed and written by Martin Zandvliet. It is beautifully written and directed but very painful to watch.
The cinematography is beautiful. The Danish countryside and beaches are breathtaking and made me want to add Denmark to my bucket list.
Knowing how brutal the Nazis were in Denmark during World War II there is no surprise that there was little love lost between the Danes and the Germans in post World War II but given how brutal the Danes were to this small number of German boys.
I wholeheartedly recommend this film. Take a box of Kleenex because parts of it will break your heart.