Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Its name taken from the Helmand Province base camp where Danish soldiers continue to fight the War on Terror, Janus Metz Pedersen's controversial documentary Armadillo took the top prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival's high-profile Critic's Week competition. Over the course of the soldiers' six-month tour of duty, Pedersen 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, Pedersen wisely refrains from attempting to offer any easy answers in order to let viewers draw their own conclusions.
Afghanistan, controversy, Danish [nationality], fighting, military, soldier, Taliban, tour-of-duty, war