A War (Krigen)

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Tense, intelligent, and refreshingly low-key, A War is part frontline thriller, part courtroom drama -- and eminently effective in both regards.



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Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home. -- (C) Magnolia

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Pilou Asbæk
as Claus Michael Pedersen
Søren Malling
as Martin R. Olsen
Dar Salim
as Najib Bisma
Tuva Novotny
as Maria Pedersen
Charlotte Munck
as Lisbeth Danning
Dulfi Al-Jabouri
as Lutfi Hassan
Jakob Frølund
as Terkel Sand
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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (29)

  • The haunting and stark A War may be [Tobias Lindholm's] most striking and effective work yet

    Mar 17, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Writer-director Tobias Lindholm's latest is a microcosmic and finely wrought war story in which everyone has their reasons.

    Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ethically challenging and occasionally brutal, "A War" explores the dicey nature of decisions made in the heat of battle and the grim consequences that may follow.

    Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • It's intense without becoming simplistic, and the actors stay focused as the viewpoints shift.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Only in the second half, after the commander is accused of a war crime and returns home to stand trial, do these two worlds merge and their respective realities clash, with sobering results.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [It] may ... be among the best war movies of all time.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A War (Krigen)

  • Sep 02, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2016
    After a rather clumsy first hour that feels a bit too static and even predictable in its unfolding, this great naturalistic war drama surprisingly grows in its second half to raise intelligent and relevant questions about the kind of ugly decisions a good soldier can make in the line of fire.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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