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Armadillo

Year: 2010
Production Co: Fridthjof Film
Director: Janus Metz Pederson

Documentarian Janus Metz Pederson follows a group of young Danish soldiers as they travel to and work in the titular British/Danish Afghan base, right in the middle of a Taliban hotspot.

The result is raw and unflinching, and probably one of the most realistic portrayals of war you've seen on screen simply because it's all purportedly real.

The grunts make friends, try to connect, miss their families back home and sit around playing games, watching porn and entertaining themselves until heart-in-throat moments ensue when they're set upon Taliban fighters in the nearby fields.

It doesn't judge or manipulate. The guy who throws a grenade into a drain to kill two Taliban soldiers isn't portrayed as a hero or villain, just a kid who doesn't know whether to feel terrified or thrilled at what he's done.

The film is slow moving and doesn't offer up anything you don't already objectively know, but putting it into pictures right in front of your face is effective.

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