Pedersen's documentary following Danish soldiers deployed in Afghanistan is a standard setter.
I previously watched Restrepo (2010) and while it is very worthy, to me it somehow suffers when compared to Armadillo in that Pedersen managed to get that bit deeper under the skin. Armadillo is less about the "situation" and more about the individuals' experience, be it enjoyable or unpleasant.
Engagements with the Taliban are sudden and fierce, but there are longer periods of soldiers video-gaming (war), watching porn and chatting about everything and nothing. Someone told me that when they think of war, their touchstone is Platoon (1986). I could not have disagreed… Read more
A superbly crafted, intelligent and engaging thriller, masterfully weaving hidden love, a search for justice, the comical and state terror. The cinematography is rich and all characters well fleshed out and developed. It's the type of film I suspect Hollywood could never have made.
Leo's diligent investigation of his family's roots prior to and during the existence of the GDR is a remarkable story with a raw honesty and criticism I had not expected to find. Indeed, had I not been lent the book I would never have opened it. Now that I've read it I've had to buy it. This is an exceptional piece of writing and a necessary piece of writing.
Whether you are interested in the decidedly unsexy history of the ex-GDR or not is to a large extent immaterial as regards reading this book. Leo's literary style and narration is second to none in weaving through his tumultuous family history from mainly the 1930s, through WW2, the post war reconstruction and up to the fall… Read more