A War

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Director(s): Tobias Lindholm
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 25 nominations.
115 min



2-5 here, with a sitrep.

Moving forward in single file.

2, 000 south of Adam Khan Kalay.

All is quiet, over.

6-0, this 2-5 Dolly, Dolly, over.

2-5, 6-0 here.

You are Dolly. Over and out.

- He's up here.

- Logstat from 3-5, please.

3-5, 6-0 here, over.

2-5, 2-5, 6-0 here.

Report, please. Over.

2-5, 6-0 here.

- IED!

- F***!

Anders is down!

Get a medic over here now!

- Anders!

- Now!

Do you see him?

- Anders is down.

- He's lying on the other side.

- What's up?

- We don't know who. It was a 9-0 call.

- 9-0 about what?

- Contact IED.

9-0, 9-0, 6-0.

Who's in contact? Over.

- Get him...

- Anders?

Jones! Tighten this.

Lasse, if you can, stuff something in

to stop the bleeding.

- Okay? Gauze, bandage, anything.

- Copy.

6-0, 2-5 here.

Stand by for partial 9-liner.

...1410. Over.

- 3814.

- 6-0. Copy. Out.

- 381410.

- Anders Holm, 1st gunner, 2nd group.

- I need a complete status.

- Service number...

2-5, 6-0 with instructions from Papa.

We need a complete 9-liner

and a sitrep.

Medevac ETA 15.

- He's stopped breathing.

- Unresponsive.

- Very weak breathing.

- Medevac status?

Hold on, Anders.

Easy, try to turn him over.

- No pulse.

- F***, man!

- Calm down, Lasse.

- Hold on, Anders!

- Where the f*** is that helicopter?

- Lasse, calm down.

- We're working on it.

- No pulse in his wrist.

Double amputation.

Charlie is very critical.

- He's bleeding out.

- Come on!

25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

Both breathing and pulse is gone.

- He's gone.

- All gone?


We've terminated CPR.


We'll spend the time

preparing for transport, over.

6-0, copy, out.

Are you okay?

I need you to stay focused.

As you've probably heard,

Anders died upon arriving in Bastion.

- How are the men doing?

- They're not doing well.

Particularly not my 2nd gunner, Lasse.

- What do you say?

- None of the men are doing well.

We go on patrols like moving targets.

The boys are powerless. The men

don't see the purpose of patrolling...

Easy now.

Let's see it from their level.

The boys just lost a good friend.

No wonder they're frustrated.

I'm just saying the tasks don't seem

to make sense, and it's damn hard...

Let's keep focus: I watched one of

my 21-year-old boys bleed out today!

- That doesn't make any sense!

- Of course not. Go see to the boys.

What are your thoughts?

It's been a rough day.

They need to vent.

I have to deal with this now.

I'll join them on patrol from tomorrow.

I'll brief them myself at 2030 hours.

Do any of you have doubts about

why you're here?

You're here to safeguard and help

civilians. So they can have a life.

So they can rebuild their country.

I know you're doing a lot of patrols,

and that I'm asking a lot.

But we have momentum right now

in winning the civilians over.

Which is why it's so important

that we show them our presence.

Okay, where is he?

- Where's Julius?

- Outside. We'll go get him.

- After we've talked to Birgitte. Hi.

- Hi, Maria. Good of you to stop by.

I have to tell you that Julius has been

in a fight with another boy today.

- Was it serious?

- Yes.

We couldn't calm him down, and he bit

the other boy in the shoulder.

You suggested that you and I

and his teacher talk it through...

Yes, let's do that. Friday, I get off

work at 3 p.m. I can be here 3:30.

Let me get my calendar.

I'll be right back.

- Hey...

- Julius... Julius bit a boy.

Yes, he did, sweetie.

You shouldn't do that.

When are we going home?

I can see now that it's not easy

to find time for everything.

I'm pretty busy on Friday...


- Hi!

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Tobias Lindholm

Tobias Lindholm (born 1977) is a Danish screenwriter and film director best known for gritty moral dramas. Lindholm first received attention for his work as a television writer on the popular Danish political TV-series Borgen, credited on all 20 episodes of the series first two seasons, either as an episode writer or storyline contributor. Then, in 2011, Lindholm was awarded a special Bodil Award for having two feature films Submarino (as co-writer) and R (as director and writer) in competition for that year's Best Danish Film, which the latter movie also won. His hostage drama A Hijacking (2012) premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section.He is also a frequent collaborator with film director Thomas Vinterberg, with whom he has written the screenplays for feature films Submarino (2010) and The Hunt (2012). Lindholm directed the 2015 drama A War (Danish: Krigen) about a Danish military company in Afghanistan that is captured by the Taliban, and the commander is accused of war crimes. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. more…

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