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Old 11-08-10, 11:33 AM
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Armadillo (Janus Metz Pedersen, 2010) Danish doc on the Afghan war


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In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cameraman Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometer away from Taliban positions. The outcome of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at this year's Cannes film festival. But it also provoked furious debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of certain Danish soldiers during a shootout with Taliban fighters. The filmmakers repeatedly risked their lives shooting this tense, brilliantly edited, and visually sophisticated probe into the psychology of young men in the midst of a senseless war whose victims are primarily local villagers. Yet more disturbing than scenes in which Taliban bullets whiz past their cameras is the footage of the young soldiers as each tries, in his own way, to come to terms with putting his life constantly on the line.

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I hate politicized documentaries, but this seems to be more along the lines of Restrepo, which I really enjoyed. Plus, you don't often hear of Danes in the Middle East.

Checking this out later today.

Also, it seems this got some six-star reviews in Denmark. I thought they used LEGO bricks for ratings.
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Re: Armadillo (Janus Metz Pedersen, 2010) Danish doc on the Afghan war

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In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.

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Plus, you don't often hear of Danes in the Middle East.
Does not compute.
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Re: Armadillo (Janus Metz Pedersen, 2010) Danish doc on the Afghan war

The reviews for this have been amazing. Both in Denmark and internationally.
I don't think I've read a single one that wasn't praising it.

I can't wait to check it out.
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Re: Armadillo (Janus Metz Pedersen, 2010) Danish doc on the Afghan war

I actually saw this ahead of its Miami premiere for a review. It's really amazingly paced, and feels like a smart war movie. I wrote a review on my blog, which gives you a good picture of what to expect (some might consider spoilers are in there, so be warned, but whether you know what unfolds in the movie or not, it is put together masterfully to capture the unknowable horror of being in war):
http://indieethos.wordpress.com/2011...he-fog-of-war/
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Re: Armadillo (Janus Metz Pedersen, 2010) Danish doc on the Afghan war

I've seen it.

It's a good doc.

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