The first documentary ever chosen to compete in the International Critics' Week at Cannes (where it won the grand prize), Janus Metz's ARMADILLO follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. An intimate, visually stunning account of both the horror and growing cynicism of modern warfare, the film premiered at the top of the box office in Denmark, provoking a national debate over government policy and the rules of engagement.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
You emerge shaken and bothered, which may sound like a reason not to see the movie. It is actually the opposite.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 04.14.2011
When the bombs go off and the bullets start flying, Metz and his cameraman provide a real-life vision of what a hurt locker is really all about.Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter, 07.01.2011
A mesmerizing, beautiful and terrifying documentary that can stand among the greatest war movies ever made.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 04.14.2011
While much of Armadillo echoes last year's Restrepo, the unprecedented access of director Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree reveals the alternating waves of frontline tedium and terror with fresh immediacy.Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, 04.12.2011