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Land of Mine | 2015 | R | - 2.8.5

Set in 1945 at the end of the German occupation of Denmark: A Danish Sergeant (Roland Møller) is tasked with leading a group of German POWs with finding and defusing mines buried along the Danish coast. The situation becomes more complicated since most of the POWs are teenage boys. Also with Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Laura Bro, Zoe Zandvliet, Mads Riisom, Oskar Bökelmann, Emil Belton, Oskar Belton, Leon Seidel, Karl Alexander Seidel, Maximilian Beck, August Carter and Tim Bülow. Directed by Martin Zandvliet. Most dialogue is spoken in German and Danish with English subtitles. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man pulls down his pants and presses his bare buttocks toward a teenage boy's face after urinating on the boy (genitals are not seen). Several teenage boys are shown being sprayed with a hose and they are shirtless with only boxers on (bare chests, abdomens and legs are seen).
 A young man talks about getting a beer and a girl when he gets home.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A teenage boy vomits onto a landmine (we see goo and hear retching) and it explodes blowing his arms off; we see the torn and bloody flesh and stumps and the boy screams uncontrollably as other boys carry him off. Several teenage boys defuse landmines in a protected bunker as training and one boy is blown up (we hear the explosion and do not see the result). A teenage boy lifts a defused landmine out of the ground not realizing that it is attached to another mine still in the ground and it explodes (we see matter and debris blown into the air; there is no recognizable body remaining). A teenage boy walks across a mine-filled beach and trips one blowing himself up (we see matter and debris blow into the air and splat to the ground).
 A dog goes to fetch a ball and we hear an explosion; we see the dog's body motionless and with blood on its fur. Several young men and teenage boys fill a truck with defused landmines; one mine is dropped on the top of a pile and it explodes (we see rubble and understand that all of the people have been killed).
 A man head-butts a soldier and he falls to the ground with a bloody nose; the man then punches the soldier in the face repeatedly while yelling at him and another soldier tries to pull the man away but he is also struck and then kicked. An officer hits a teen boy on the hand with a stick several times as he is training to defuse landmines; with each strike the officer tells the boy that he has lost a limb or been killed. A man yells at a teenage boy and hits him in the face. A man holds a gun to a teenage boy's head and other men yell, "Shoot the [mild obscenity deleted]," (he does not shoot). A man yells at a teenage boy and treats him like a dog, making him fetch a ball using his mouth and barking, and then hits him in the head repeatedly. A man slaps a young man hard across the face several times (his cheek reddens) while yelling at him.
 Several teenage boys and young men march arm in arm across a beach to make sure that they have not missed any landmines. We hear a commotion and see a teenage boy on his knees on the ground as several men shove him and urinate on him (we see the stream; one man pulls his pants down and presses his bare buttocks toward the boy's face before the men stop).
 A man yells at teenage boys telling them that they shouldn't expect anyone to be nice to them and that he doesn't care if they "croak." Officers yell at POWs in several scenes. Two men argue about four teenage boys and one says, "I'll go and shoot them." We hear that an area in Denmark was covered with 2.2 million landmines. We hear that 2000 German POWs were used to search for and clear 1.5 million mines and that half of the POWs died. We hear that a group of 14 teenage boys will be required to find and defuse 45,000 mines. We hear that a teenage boy whose arms were blown off by a landmine dies. A teenage boy asks a man, "Please don't hate me." A man locks teenage boys in a cabin each night. A man and a teenage boy talk about the crucifix the boy wears around his neck. A man is startled when a teenage boy hands him a crucifix and makes a sound like it explodes. Teenage boys argue in a cabin and three hold another down and then tie him and gag him because he threatened to run away.
 A woman yells in a panic when she realizes her young daughter has gone to the beach; the woman screams for teenage boys to help her and two boys clear a path of mines to retrieve the girl safely. Teenage boys search for landmines on a beach using sticks to poke through the sand and once found they must defuse them. A man marks off an area on a beach that is full of landmines with black flags.
 Several teenage boys drink salt water and put their fingers in their throats to vomit repeatedly on a beach (we see goo and hear gagging) to empty their stomachs after eating feed that had rat feces in it. A teenage boy vomits into a bucket (we see goo and hear a clunk when it hits the bucket). A teenage boy tells a man that his brother cannot work because he was vomiting and is very sick. Teenage boys talk about not having eaten and being unable to work because of hunger; we see a boy's hands shaking. POWs are shown covered with grime. A man sprays several teenage boys with a hose to wash them. Two teenage boys play with a beetle and name it. A teenage boy catches a small mouse and holds it gently (it squeals).


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 3 F-words, 7 scatological terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (filthy swine, bastard, idiot, traitors), exclamations (shut-up, lay off), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. For God's Sake, God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man injects two teenage boys with a sedative in separate scenes. A man drinks whiskey in a couple of scenes, and a man drinks from a bottle of what we presume to be alcohol (he and other men in a group appear inebriated).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - World War II, German occupation of Denmark, landmines, POWs, promises, compassion, revenge, suicide.

MESSAGE - War and its aftermath are horrible.

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