Danish film tackles Iraq war, economic migrants

Fri Feb 6, 2009 9:51am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

BERLIN (Reuters) - In a new Danish film the main character Lotte is a female soldier who returns from a tour of duty abroad to her native Denmark, where she cuts herself off from a society that seems not to care.

"Little Soldier" (Lille Soldat) explores the difficulties soldiers face when they return home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- in Lotte's case it is not clear which.

Often a country's decision to join a military campaign abroad is unpopular, meaning returning troops face hostility from their own people.

On one level Lotte, powerfully portrayed by actress Trine Dyrholm, is rescued by her father who employs her as his driver.

But life becomes complicated when she discovers that he runs a prostitution ring made up of illegal immigrants from Africa.

Migrant workers, and how globalization has allowed people to move around the world more easily, is one of the dominant themes this year at the Berlin film festival, where Little Soldier has its international premiere on Friday.

"The developed countries are faced with a very different reality to just 10 or 20 years ago," said Danish director Annette Olesen, referring to the increasing movement across borders, whether legal or illegal.

"The social and political reality (of the developing world) is moving right up to our doorsteps because the world is moving closer in on us," she told reporters after a press screening.   Continued...

<p>A scene from the Danish film "Lille Soldat" in an image courtesy of Zentropa Productions. REUTERS/Handout</p>