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Land of Mine

Land of Mine (Martin Pieter Zandvliet, 2016) is not a mere war movie. If you hope to find a Nordic version of Life is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, 1997), or an European tale of Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998), your hopes will find a wall. Land of Mine is a cinematic experience that proves that difficult situations and wrong choices conspire to trap us all in hopelessness. 

It is a compelling film that dares to show us how rigid we can be when we internalise an ideology that is not ours. The unconscious assimilation and learning during war times change us deeply and forever. They reveal our human condition - and flaws - very clear both to ourselves and to other people. 

It is good to go to the movies and realise that we are not far from stepping into mines, that there are wars right now happening in our back yard. During the II World War, there was only water that separated Denmark coast and British territories. Where are the boundaries now? 

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