The lives of two families cross paths in the acclaimed drama In a Better World, this year's Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark and 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 ranging from revenge to forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne (Trine Dyrholm) have two young sons, are separated and are struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their 10-year-old son Elias (Markus Rygaard) is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen), a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus (Ulrich Thomsen). Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. Directed by Susanne Bier (Brothers, After the Wedding). (Partially subtitled) Official Web Site

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Director Susanne Bier on the fragility of an idealistic society

Director:

Susanne Bier

Cast:

Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Jøhnk Nielsen, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson, Eddy Kimani, Emily Mglaya, Gabriel Muli, June Waweru, Mary Hounu Moat, Synah Berchet, Elsebeth Steentoft, Satu Helena Mikkelinen, Camilla Gottlieb

MPAA Rating:

R

Run Time:

1hr 53mins

Release Year:

2010

Country Of Origin:

Denmark/Sweden