Land of Mine, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature this year, is definitely a “movie with a message”. The film is anything but subtle, as is apparent by the title. However, although the movie can be heavy-handed at times, it is a well-made movie. The acting is quite good, particularly from Roland Møller but also the group of young German actors who play the POWs. The cinematography is also very attractive- the area that the groups of POWs must clear in the film is a beach of the Danish west coast, and cinematographer Camilla Hjelm Knudsen makes excellent use of the Nordic seaside.
Although it was unfortunately not released in Boston until after the Academy Awards, Land of Mine is a solid historical drama film about an unknown story from World War II that deserves to be told, and the movie is certainly worth a watch if you’re a fan of the genre.