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Armadillo

Synopsis
Over the course of the soldiers’ six-month tour of duty, Metz reveals how the personalities of the young soldiers are transformed by the experience of fighting in a war, and how the adrenaline rush that comes with killing can become something of a dark addiction. By avoiding injecting his own opinions as he captures the soldiers at work, at play, and in their most unguarded moments, Metz wisely refrains from attempting to offer any easy answers in order to let viewers draw their own conclusions.

Flm director Janus Metz arrives in Afghanistan with a group of young soldiers on their first tour of duty. Stationed on the Helmand frontline in Camp Armadillo the platoon fights increasingly fierce battles with an enemy that is nearby but rarely seen. Metz captures life on the frontline with an uncompromising and intense vision, bearing witness to the realities of the combat zone. As the fighting intensifies, the effect of modern warfare is gradually realised as exhaustion, fear and adrenaline set in. Idealism meets paranoia in an authentic gun battle and decisions are made that can never be reversed.
Language
Danish (Danish with English subtitles)
Country
Denmark
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2010
Subjects
Psychology; Military Science
Keywords
Afghanistan; armed conflict; military operations; psychological stress; war; Taliban

Credits

Director
Janus Metz

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
101 minutes
Year
2011

Distributor

Name

Soda Pictures

Email
info@sodapictures.com
Web
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Phone
020 7377 1407
Address
17 Blossom Street
London
E1 6PL

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