The Reel Review
More than 2000 German POWs were forced to clear nearly two million landmines from the beaches of Denmark following WWII. Most were teenagers and most died or were horribly maimed in the process. This gut-wrenching, 2017 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film is the story about a group of them. It is a film of juxtaposition – virtual children performing adult tasks, shockingly grisly deaths on a beautiful beach, and one-time oppressors who now are the oppressed. While the harrowing story is emotionally akin to two nerve-racking hours of Russian roulette, it is so exquisitely done with such powerful performances and a haunting score that it should be seen by everyone… but probably only once.