Movie: In a better world

By admin
21 November 2011

Human drama.

With Mikael Persbrandt and Trine Dyrholm.

Director: Susanne Bier.


Starts on 25 November.

Rating: 4/5

What’s it about?

A father tries to keep his family together while working at an African refugee camp in Denmark. Then his son meets a troubled teenager at his school and things start to go violently wrong.

Who will enjoy it?

This is an absolutely brilliant film that anyone who enjoys good, solid, character-driven dramas about dysfunctional families will be able to identify with.

It has won numerous awards and, without a hint of sentimentalism or overtly dramatic storylines, explores a man’s struggle for acceptance as well as his sense of decency and, unfortunately, his lust for revenge.

If somebody smacks you do you turn the other cheek and forgive him? Or by letting him have his way, do you give him even more power to bully you the next time? Two boys who are bullied at school have to deal with this problem.

But what examples have their parents set? And is it right to pay people back in the same violent terms?

As with As It is in Heaven, this film is painted with delicate brush strokes even though it addresses violent themes.

And where Straw Dogs (reviewed in full last week) presented violence and brutality as the only way to deal with conflict, this gentle, touching and dramatic film shows the other side of the coin. An intense, rewarding and enriching experience – see it at all costs.

Similar films

As It is in Heaven, Babette’s Feast.

Popcorn facts

*Also called Hævnen, this movie won the 2011 Oscar for best foreign language film as well as a string of other awards at the various film festivals where it was shown.

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