In A Better World

In A Better World

In A Better World

Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Danish drama from director Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Brothers), following the lives of two Danish families, stretching from a refugee camp in Suden to a Danish provincial town.

In war-torn Sudan, physician Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) confronts a steady stream of tragedy and loss. Back home in Denmark, his estranged wife, Marianne (Trine Dyrholm), is concerned about their eldest son, Elias, who is picked on mercilessly. When new kid Christian arrives in class, he and Elias bond over a mutual hatred of the school bully. Surly and vicious since the loss of his mother, Christian is hardening into a rigid and ferocious manifestation of masculinity. His heartbroken father, Claus (Ulrich Thomsen), is finding it impossible to cope with Christian’s behaviour...

Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
2010Rating: R16, contains violence & content that may disturb119 minsDenmark, SwedenEnglish, Danish, Swedish with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Susanne does it again !

The last film from Susanne Bier I saw was AFTER THE WEDDING and it stayed with me for quite some time. IN A BETTER WORLD did just the same: affect me and reaffirm my doubt in the human race. I know that's a pretty strong statement but it is a pretty strong film. Taking on very universal matters such as vengeance and forgiveness on many different levels....

5.0

Multi-layered, beautifully acted, and definitely recommended

I can see why this movie won the Oscar for best foreign language film. I loved every minute of it. The two young boys were perfect for their parts and the cinematography was superb! The "bullying" theme was very thought-provoking. I will be recommending this movie to others.

5.0

Lessons learned whilst dealing with grief.

For me this film is about anger dealing with it. The two boys around whom the film centers are really well cast and act their parts brilliantly. One boy is missing his father and wanting a friend, the other is angry at the world after his mother died and is trying to set the world to rights. The film is paced out with some poignantly reflective landscape...

4.0

Thought provoking, well made and worth seeing

I am still thinking about 'In a Better World" some days after seeing the movie; its many different layers are still unravelling in my mind. On the simplest, in a number of contexts, the movie looks at personal responsibility and choices - proaction, action, passivity. motivation, judgments. The viewer is treated to an intellectual exercise as well...

4.0
Variety

Variety

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A powerful contempo drama exploring behavioral connections between episodes of schoolyard bullying at home and escalating tribal violence abroad

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

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Family matters in Denmark...

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Another richly layered examination of family dynamics and those ever-tricky lines of human communication, In a Better World represents a return to accomplished form for Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier.

Variety

Variety

press

A powerful contempo drama exploring behavioral connections between episodes of schoolyard bullying at home and escalating tribal violence abroad

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Family matters in Denmark...

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Another richly layered examination of family dynamics and those ever-tricky lines of human communication, In a Better World represents a return to accomplished form for Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier.

Susanne does it again !

The last film from Susanne Bier I saw was AFTER THE WEDDING and it stayed with me for quite some time. IN A BETTER WORLD did just the same: affect me and reaffirm my doubt in the human race. I know that's a pretty strong statement but it is a pretty strong film. Taking on very universal matters such as vengeance and forgiveness on many different levels....

5.0

Multi-layered, beautifully acted, and definitely recommended

I can see why this movie won the Oscar for best foreign language film. I loved every minute of it. The two young boys were perfect for their parts and the cinematography was superb! The "bullying" theme was very thought-provoking. I will be recommending this movie to others.

5.0

Lessons learned whilst dealing with grief.

For me this film is about anger dealing with it. The two boys around whom the film centers are really well cast and act their parts brilliantly. One boy is missing his father and wanting a friend, the other is angry at the world after his mother died and is trying to set the world to rights. The film is paced out with some poignantly reflective landscape...

4.0

Thought provoking, well made and worth seeing

I am still thinking about 'In a Better World" some days after seeing the movie; its many different layers are still unravelling in my mind. On the simplest, in a number of contexts, the movie looks at personal responsibility and choices - proaction, action, passivity. motivation, judgments. The viewer is treated to an intellectual exercise as...

4.0