7.8/10
10,461
27 user 97 critic

Under sandet (2015)

Trailer
2:04 | Trailer
A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
396 ( 91)

IMDb at the Oscars

Visit our Guide to the Academy Awards to learn more about the winners. Check out red-carpet photos, videos, Oscars quizzes, and more. Check back here for our IMDb LIVE Viewing Party at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Visit our Oscars section

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Director: Hannes Holm
Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
Tanna (2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Stars: Kapan Cook, Mungau Dain, Charlie Kahla
Forushande (2016)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Forushande (The Salesman) is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
Toni Erdmann (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade
Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Animation | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Fuocoammare (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Stars: Samuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo, Giuseppe Fragapane
Loving (2016)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.

Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton
Elle I (2016)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.

Director: Mike Mills
Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Jackie V (2016)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director: Pablo Larraín
Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An in-depth look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014.

Director: Brian Oakes
Stars: James Foley, Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Sebastian Schumann
...
Helmut Morbach
...
Lt. Ebbe Jensen
...
Karin
Zoe Zandvliet ...
Elisabeth, Karins Daughter
...
Soldier Peter
Oskar Bökelmann ...
Ludwig Haffke
Emil Belton ...
Ernst Lessner
Oskar Belton ...
Werner Lessner
Leon Seidel ...
Wilhelm Hahn
Karl Alexander Seidel ...
Manfred
Maximilian Beck ...
August Kluger
August Carter ...
Rudolf Selke
Tim Bülow ...
Hermann Marklein
Edit

Storyline

In the wake of the Second World War, the Danish authorities force thousands of German prisoners of war to defuse the millions of mines buried on Danish beaches.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some grisly images, and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Land of Mine  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,754 (USA) (10 February 2017)

Gross:

$21,506 (USA) (10 February 2017)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It is believed that more than 2,000 German soldiers were forced to remove mines, and nearly half of them lost their lives or limbs. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene after Sgt. Rasmussen takes a flag from a German soldier we see him yelling at another soldier with nothing in his hands. In the next shot the flag is back in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Carl Rasmussen: Those of you who count the mines, make sure my card is updated. This task is as important as defusing mines.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Teen POWs in the post WWII Denmark.
24 August 2016 | by (Somewhere in the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

A Danish war-drama that was inspired by the historical account, but all the characters were fictional. Remember this title for another six month, because I am confident this film will make a journey to the west coast of the USA to compete at the 89th Academy Awards in the coming February. I have seen many foreign films, but I'm not this much positive for any others. If this film fails to make, then that would be a great disappointment despite having no idea of what are the other four films. So this is just for now, my stance may change later.

Anyway, the film was heartbreakingly amazing. The WWII stories I had seen those told from the perspectives of the Australian, Japanese, Korean, Russian to African and European to the American western sea, Hawaii. And this is a Danish story, sets in just after the end of the war where prisoners of the war were used to clean up the mess. In the opening the teen German POWs were trained to defuse the land mine explosives and then later the unit was handed over to the Danish sergeant Carl Rasmussen where they are all going to work in one of the west coast landmines that was used to defend the Scandinavia by the Nazi. That is the story told how it all ends in the remaining parts.

This was like another 'Kajaki', but not actually a war film. Using of the prisoners as the labourers is a violation, according to the Geneva rule. That's the point of the film, focused to reveal the inhume act. But it was not anything like 'The Railway Man' 'Unbroken' or the 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'. Watching a film about the brave soldiers inspires us and bring patriotism, but in this those teen kid screaming whenever something goes wrong really brings heartache. So not everybody feels comfortable with it, especially the family audience. But there were lots of edgy moments and you would never know what events follows.

"If they are old enough to go to war, they are old enough to clean up."

It was shot is the real location, and I think that part contributed to depicting the actual atmosphere where most of the POWs lost their arms and legs and some exploded into many pieces in the air. It was a simple narration, but the visuals talked itself more than anything else. All the actors were outstanding, especially those 4-5 German teens and of course the Danish sergeant Carl. I think the Carl's influence had more impact, after seeing the opening scene where he went outrage and beat up those German soldiers returning home.

There are a couple of small twists, but there are some scenes which are not easy to get over. Even though we know those were just fake, but that does not work once you totally into the story deeply. This is a different kind of emotional film, something you rarely experience. The director who is also the writer must be appreciated for handling it perfectly. Especially keeping the screenplay uncomplicated and between the two nations, where in the real event involves the British officials. I have never seen his other films, but this one will define him forth and the people are going to recognise him. So I hope he'll keep up doing such level films in the future.

I have never seen such film, I mean seen some where the kids were tortured, but this was very unique and totally a different perspective for that takes place in the backdrop of the WWII. Especially the Germans perspective is the very rare kind. So I'm kind of thinking if Germany picks 'Look Who's Back' for the Oscars, the contest between these two would bring two different moods. At this point I don't remember any Danish film I have seen so far in my life other than this one which I feel is the best Danish film ever. I mean, come on, who would do such film where your own nation, if not the whole nation, the one who represent was shown in the negative shade over the Nazi Germans. This is definitely one of the best films of the year. Highly recommended.

8/10


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?