This is a review of “Land of Mine”, a Martin Pieter Zandvliet directed film, which is currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.
The plot followed young german POW soldiers forced to deactivate landmines from danish beaches.
Most of the scenes were set on a peaceful and beautiful beach with a bright blue sky, yet it was far from that. Under that beautiful beach were land mines and combined with an antagonising silence, the film had us in anticipation constantly.
Whilst the danish were not fond of the germans, the film had a surprising mix of themes: cruelty, kindness and silence. At times the silence was unbearable and I was anticipating loud bangs. They always occurred when I least expected them and every time they went off, I felt a sense if dread. Knowing that one by one, a young man would bite the dust and become a another casualty was hard to watch.
This film was so effective… whilst little dialogue can sometimes make a film very boring, Zandvliet used it to his advantage.
I would give this film 3 stars purely because I have seen better an worse films. A healthy middle ground.
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