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Protected content 2 Golden Globes last Sunday, for Best Drama and Best Directing. I would be very surprised, if it does not show up in several categories at the Oscar nominations next Monday.

Writer and Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) takes us through the trenches of WWI in what seems to be one long take, without any cuts. His approach: "Two main characters. No backstory. Real time. And one shot."

Starring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones), Colin Firth (King's Speech), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).

The plot: Two soldiers are tasked with delivering an urgent message to stop an attack, planned for the next morning, that’s doomed to fail.

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Why a war movie? Sam Mendes explains: "The winds that were blowing before the First World War are blowing again. (...) These men were fighting for a free and unified Europe, which right now would be worth remembering in my country, perhaps. So, there is a sense there’s something unsettled in the air, the shifting of borders, the obsession with nation over universal good. I thought it was time to be reminded of that and also make a movie that’s not defined by its nation. It’s about he human experience of war."
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