A Danish officer is sent home for investigation after a fatal incident claiming the lives of 11 Afghan civilians. As the military court tries to reconstruct what happened, the man must decide what to say and face the trial of his own conscience. With surgically precise, dispassionate hands, Lindholm dissects moral dilemmas under extreme circumstances and dares you to pass judgment on anyone. Carried by Asbæk’s layered, affecting performance, this is a constantly engrossing portrait of the physical and emotional casualties of war.
A War | Directed by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark 2015) with Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny. Starts April 14
Originally published in issue #148, April 2016.