In a Better World

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Synopsis:
A provocative film that explores the difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness, In a Better World follows two Danish families and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. Bullied at school, Elias is defended by Christian, a boy greatly troubled over his mother’s death. So when the two become involved in an act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, it’s their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy in this 2010 Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner for Best Foreign Film.



Genre: Dramas
Director: Susanne Bier -
Theatrical Release: 2010
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 118 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Language: Danish

Synopsis:
A provocative film that explores the difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness, In a Better World follows two Danish families and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. Bullied at school, Elias is defended by Christian, a boy greatly troubled over his mother’s death. So when the two become involved in an act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, it’s their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy in this 2010 Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner for Best Foreign Film.



Two Danish schoolchildren -- one meek and unassertive, the other angry and vengeance-prone -- forge a friendship with ugly consequences in this cautionary tale from director Susanne Bier. The story opens with physician Anton (Mikael Persbrandt, working abroad in a Kenyan hospital, where he's routinely treating female victims of a psychotic thug known as Big Man (Evans Muthini). Anton himself suffers from a dysfunctional home life, given his emotional estrangement from his wife (Trine Dyrholm), and his desire to set a positive example for son Elias (Markus Rygaard) -- the physician longs to mend both relationships but finds this difficult given his frequent absenteeism. Meanwhile, another family suffers from equally grave issues: Claus (Ulrich Thomsen) and his son, Christian (William J?hnk Juels Nielsen), move from London back to their home country of Denmark; Claus is still reeling from his late wife's recent death from cancer, and father and son find it more and more difficult to connect with another. But Christian has much deeper issues than simple filial alienation -- an almost pathological addiction to retribution that manifests itself in a knife-wielding attempt to protect new friend Elias from a local bully. Elias and Christian become fast companions, but as they do, it draws out a level of rage in both boys that threatens to culminate in shocking, terroristic levels of violence.;

Two Danish schoolchildren -- one meek and unassertive, the other angry and vengeance-prone -- forge a friendship with ugly consequences in this cautionary tale from director Susanne Bier. The story opens with physician Anton (Mikael Persbrandt, working abroad in a Kenyan hospital, where he's routinely treating female victims of a psychotic thug known as Big Man (Evans Muthini). Anton himself suffers from a dysfunctional home life, given his emotional estrangement from his wife (Trine Dyrholm), and his desire to set a positive example for son Elias (Markus Rygaard) -- the physician longs to mend both relationships but finds this difficult given his frequent absenteeism. Meanwhile, another family suffers from equally grave issues: Claus (Ulrich Thomsen) and his son, Christian (William J?hnk Juels Nielsen), move from London back to their home country of Denmark; Claus is still reeling from his late wife's recent death from cancer, and father and son find it more and more difficult to connect with another. But Christian has much deeper issues than simple filial alienation -- an almost pathological addiction to retribution that manifests itself in a knife-wielding attempt to protect new friend Elias from a local bully. Elias and Christian become fast companions, but as they do, it draws out a level of rage in both boys that threatens to culminate in shocking, terroristic levels of violence.;

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Susanne Bier -
Mikael Persbrandt - Swedish actor, BENEATH THE SURFACE
Trine Dyrholm - Actress
Ulrich Thomsen - Actor
Manon Rasmusen - DANCER IN THE DARK
Susanne Bier -
Johan Soderqvist - BENEATH THE SURFACE
Morten Soborg -
Anders Thomas Jensen - Screenwriter
Anders Thomas Jensen - Screenwriter
Anne Jensen - Sound/Sound Designer
Eddie Simonsen -
Charlotte Laustsen -
Jacob Marlow -
Kim Bodnia - Actress\PUSHER
Bodil Jorgensen - Actress
Elisabeth Steentoft - Actor, SOAP, (2006)
Martin Buch -
Markus Rygaard -
William Johnk Nielsen -
Anette St?velb?k - Danish Actress, ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS (2001)
Box Office
02/07/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n artistically mature work with pitch perfect performances....This heartbreaking family saga demonstrates Bier's talent for mixing political themes and personal dramas into rich and substantial storytelling rare in movies."
Los Angeles Times
04/01/2011
"Bier displays an intuitive grasp of where the strongest dramatic moments are in a given situation and a fearlessness about putting them on-screen."
Entertainment Weekly
04/14/2011
"[A] fine example of Susanne Bier's talent for weaving together accessible domestic melodrama and issues of ethical awareness of the world beyond our doorstep." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone
04/14/2011
3 stars out of 4 -- "IN A BETTER WORLD is an emotional powerhouse....It's a big subject, fraught with traps, but Bier means to shake you and does."
Movieline
03/31/2011
"Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's IN A BETTER WORLD raises a number of intriguing questions about the true meaning of masculinity....It's a tight piece of craftsmanship."
Total Film
09/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] accomplished performances...Nielsen proving particularly effective as the youth whose grief manifests in chilling outbursts of anger."

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