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In a better world

DVD - 2011 | Danish
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The lives of two Danish families will become entwined when their sons develop an extraordinary but risky friendship. Unfortunately, loneliness, frailty, and sorrow lie in wait.
"[The film] 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"--Container.


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Apr 27, 2019

Food for thought. How frustrating for the rest of the population to have the bully go unpunished!

Dec 13, 2017

I didn’t feel much for Dad saving people in an African Village while his wife(Marianna) and children were left without his presence. True that, they were both physicians, so money apparently wasn’t an issue. But divorce is. Mum (Marianna) was on double duty with her job, raising kids, and everything else. I think it’s a Danish film, so I am unfamiliar with the actors and their names. Which is fine by me.
What draw me in is the trouble his son, Elias, has at school. As he is befriended by Christian, he seems to go from the pot to the kettle. Boundaries, families, tension, love, secrets. Lots of provocative questions to think about. I like that.

Apr 18, 2017

I can only add my praise to an already well received film by KCLS patrons. The film lives up to it's award as the "Best Foreign Film". I consider myself lucky to have found it in the library catalog!

Jan 14, 2015

Two teenage boys learn about the meaning--or the lack of it--of death and suffering. This brave film is spot-on in its depiction of the boys, their parents, and their school and the events that draw them together.

There's a deftness in the direction and acting that tears at your heart and makes you hold your breath as the events slowly and carefully unfold.

The accolades and awards given to this film are well deserved.

Dec 17, 2014

When Christian comes to the aid of Elias, a classmate mercilessly bullied by a group of older kids, the two become fast friends. Quiet and unassuming, Elias finds an outlet of sorts in Christian's fiery temper and single-minded obsession with wreaking vengeance on anyone who crosses him. But when Christian's desire to even the score with a loudmouthed auto mechanic goes too far Elias finds himself in way over his head. Susanne Bier's amazing ensemble piece examines the complexities of taking a moral stand from widely differing angles. She is well aware of the small compromises, white lies and sometimes contradictory messages heaped upon children as they try to understand the mysterious ways of grown-ups; ways that are often just as strange to the adults themselves. With excellent performances throughout and a wonderfully intimate visual style (scenes of Christian standing atop a silo looking down in judgement on the people below were truly inspired) it's little wonder it won last year's Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Jul 13, 2014

I'm getting used to these high quality films from Denmark, Sweden. This one is another excellent example from Susanne Bier. All the actors are simply excellent especially the boys.... How she gets them to emote/act in such close quarters is simply amazing. Having seen a couple of her actors in other films..... Well is just really shows their huge range. I've seen "after the wedding"... I will search out her other films. PLEASE keep it up Susanne!

Jan 10, 2014

This is an excellent movie. Well acted and written.

Dec 10, 2013

Scenes of protagonist at medical clinic in war-torn Africa could have been cut with no ill fx. Child actors excellent. Male lead from excellent Beck TV detective series just as good here. A relief to see to nice people in the movies for a change though teachers once again prove useless against an easily-prevented child bullying campaign.

librarycats May 31, 2012

I can see why it won "Best Foreign Film" at the Academy Awards. Well written, acted and filmed.

voisjoe1 May 25, 2012

In a Better World, directed by the excellent Danish director, Susanne Bier, explores cruelty, retaliation, bullying and empathy that are universals, and gives the audience a chance to see them both in Denmark and Africa. While a very good film (it did win the Academy Award and also the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film), I feel it was a little too Hollywood and not as good as Bier's previous films After the Wedding, Brothers, and Things We Lost in the Fire. I have yet to see a Bier film that I think was a failure. She is really at the top of the game in exploring family emotions and family strife. This is the same film listed as Haevnen that is given less stars and is listed separately.

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