In A Better World (2011)

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Critic Consensus: In a Better World is a sumptuous melodrama that tackles some rather difficult existential and human themes.


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Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has … More

Rating: R (for violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language)
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Anders Thomas Jensen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2011
Box Office: $1.0M
Runtime:
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as Marianne

as Headmaster

as Lars
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Critic Reviews for In A Better World

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (33)

True, the resolutions on offer seem conventionally pat, yet the tough questions stay with you in an absorbing drama which pushes the viewer's buttons with effective intelligence.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

There's little flash or surprise in Bier's latest well-shot film, but plenty of substance.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
The Playlist

A most deserving Oscar winner and a film that could provoke discussion anywhere it is shown, anywhere people of any age are being bullied

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
Tribune News Service

Film defies conventional expectations about biblical notions of retribution, even as it initially prepares you to accept them. A truly complex work of art.

Full Review… | March 11, 2012
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Un estupendo drama contemporáneo sobre algunos de los conflictos más básicos que acechan a hombres y mujeres de bien en cualquier rincón del mundo.

Full Review… | November 27, 2011
Uruguay Total

It would have worked better if it weren't so obvious and manipulative. About halfway through, it plays more like a diagram of lessons learned than a movie about real people dealing with complicated problems.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
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Audience Reviews for In A Better World

½

Two boys attempt to define masculinity in response to their respective family dramas.
This Danish film is oddly both ambitious and contained. Its plot centers around only two families, one wracked by divorce, the other by death, but as the two male children of these families mature, we see that they're struggling with deep and difficult questions. What constitutes "being a man?" What examples do fathers and mothers provide their kids? Where is the line between being a disciplinarian and being a child's friend? What are parents' roles in preventing violence? These are ambitious ethical questions the plot brings up, but as a result of the film's reach philosophically, the plot starts to suffer when each of the film's conflicts resolve too conveniently.
Overall, this is a fine, ambitious, and interesting film until its pat conclusion.

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Jim Hunter

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Susanne Bier is one of the greatest directors ever. Simple as that. Her films deal with issues, but always with a fresh perspective. In A Better World has a young boy called Christian who has just lost his mother, return to Denmark. He joins a new school where he soon makes friends with a boy who is being bullied. Christian allows his anger to take hold, and events soon spiral out of control. The theme of bullying may seem like something best saved for after school specials, but Bier shows bullying in all its forms, from the playground, to grown ups, to African warlords. Questioning anger, revenge, and human rights, makes this a multi-layered film which is just begging for discussion. The performances are magnificent across the board and each character has a very well structured arc. With so much going on it would be easy for the film to trip over itself, but it never does. Touching, inspirational, and quite possibly life changing. In A Better World could honestly make the world a better place.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

A awesome film about a doctor who lives in Denmark but spends most of his life in Africa at a refugee camp. We see his life at home, his son and wife's dealing with life and him being gone and him fighting the local war lord who is raiding villages and taking children for his own little military. 4 Stars. 6-19-12

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Bruce Bruce

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