In A Better World
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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 just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian‟s mother recently lost her battle… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Despite some weaknesses as both a film and a parable, "In a Better World" is a potent provocation."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"There's little flash or surprise in Bier's latest well-shot film, but plenty of substance."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"Un estupendo drama contemporáneo sobre algunos de los conflictos más básicos que acechan a hombres y mujeres de bien en cualquier rincón del mundo."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"In addition to being safe and non-threatening, Bier's film finds time to throw in mentions of cancer and divorce, and images of poor children starving in Africa. It's pretty much a recipe for an Oscar."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Susanne Bier's latest meditation on grief and the boundaries of family -- which won this year's foreign-film Oscar -- is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"An ethically ambitious, morally thoughtful - and deeply vexing - drama about the fragility of civil order and the menace of the lawless."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A most deserving Oscar winner and a film that could provoke discussion anywhere it is shown, anywhere people of any age are being bullied"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"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."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Essentially an essay about bullying ( ... ) and the abuse of power, it will probably be appreciated most by people who want to keep up with [Susanne] Bier's maturing catalogue."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Simply put, this would be a better world if there were more films like In a Better World."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Asks worthwhile questions about how fathers can best lead their sons, about the expectations placed on men by society and about their struggles with their inner violent impulses, which can lay so dormant and unnoticed, then, in a frightening rush, explode."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Film defies conventional expectations about biblical notions of retribution, even as it initially prepares you to accept them. A truly complex work of art."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The microcosm of the children's world is exceptionally well drawn."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"It's well made but too flawed to be a satisfying cinematic experience."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
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