In a Better World

Oscar Winner

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  113 min.
Release Date: April 15, 2011 (limited)
DVD: August 30, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 4.44
based on 36 votes and 6 reviews
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Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Markus Rygaard


In a war-torn African nation, physician Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) confronts a steady stream of tragedy and loss. Much of what he faces can be traced back to a vicious and sadistic local warlord. Back home in Denmark, his estranged wife, Marianne (Trine Dyrholm), is concerned about their eldest son, Elias, who is picked on mercilessly by the class bully, Sofus.

When new kid Christian arrives in class, he and Elias bond over a mutual hatred of Sofus. 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. The volatile situation is exacerbated by Anton's return home and by an encounter between Anton, Elias, Christian and a violent, bullying mechanic (Kim Bodnia).

In Danish with English subtitles.

Director: Susanne Bier
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Screenplay: Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen

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  • 5 stars "great movie"
  • 5 stars "Superb in every sense of the word."
  • 5 stars "Wow. Altruism versus Vengence, Death, and how Hurt overflows to those around you. Great themes for an emotionally meditative drama. Best movie I've seen in the last year."