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In a Better World [DVD]

Mikael Persbrandt , Trine Dyrholm , Susanne Bier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Markus Rygaard, William Jøhnk Nielsen
  • Directors: Susanne Bier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Axiom Films
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K8CDAW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,665 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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2011 Oscar & Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film, IN A BETTER WORLD is a gripping, heart-rending drama about revenge and the power of forgiveness from internationally acclaimed director Susanne Bier (After The Wedding). From the confines of a refugee camp in Africa, to the deceptively idyllic suburban life of two families in Denmark, Susanne Bier expertly paints a portrait of two fragile worlds inextricably linked by conflict and violence and the hard choices struggling to be made for life in a better world.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 2011 Oscar & Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, In A Better World is a gripping and beautifully constructed human drama about revenge and the power of forgiveness from acclaimed director Susanne Bier (After The Wedding). From the confines of a refugee camp in Africa, to the deceptively idyllic suburban life of two families in Denmark, Susanne Bier expertly paints a portrait of two fragile worlds inextricably linked by conflict and violence and the hard choices struggling to be made for life in a better world. 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 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, pai...In a Better World (2010) ( Hævnen (Civilisation) ) ( Revenge (Hämnden) )

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Morality is not Clear Cut 26 Aug 2011
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
This skilfully shot, well-acted and tightly scripted Danish film deserves its Oscar. It will appeal to people of all ages and nationalities. You can sit back and view it simply as a "good yarn" about a couple of barely teenage boys who slip into delinquency for moral reasons, following a warped logic which may stem from unintentional neglect by their well-meaning, hardworking middle-class parents. If you wish, you can ponder the film's messages on a deeper level, focusing on the issues which strike a chord with your own concerns. In fact, the last thing this film does is preach. Instead, it highlights the complexity of morality.

Is Anton, the idealistic, pacifist surgeon to be admired for devoting his working life to caring for people in what looks like a poverty-stricken refugee camp somewhere in Africa, or is he selfishly avoiding his guilt over his estranged wife and neglecting his two young sons back in Denmark in the process? Is he right to agree to treat the local villain when his black colleagues wish to leave the man to rot? Has he failed morally when he is eventually driven to give way to righteous anger? Is there one moral standard for a brutal, impoverished developing country and another for liberal, affluent Denmark? Is Anton hopelessly naive to insist that "violence only begats violence" to the extent that he literally "turns the other cheek" when an aggressive man punches him in front of his two sons, one of whom is Elias, with his inaptly named friend Christian a sceptical observer?

Christian's fierce sense of justice - his determination neither to be bullied, nor to let a bully go unpunished - seems more realistic, but he takes it too far.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Scandinavian Rom Com. 18 Aug 2011
Why are Scandinavians so hell-bent on persuading us their societies are miserable and dysfunctional? When's someone going to put out a Scandi Rom-Com? (You will get precisely four Google hits should you search for "Danish Rom-Com" - all refer to the same film, Italian for Beginners - apparently very good, but having the misfortune to be released the week of 9/11.)

Well, if a Danish film entitled In A Better World fills you with expectation the drought might finally have broken, save your money. It is, instead, a pretty harrowing drama, beautifully staged and acted, as close in tone as I can think to Swedish Romantic-Horror Let Let The Right One In. Which is to say, grim.

The opening titles are projected downward onto a scene of sandy African hinterland cropped in such a way that it might be a close up of a banana. From there we open on a painterly tableau: a sweeping African landscape vaulted over by a heaving, boiling sky. The locale of the film switches between here and autumnal, coastal Denmark, between which Anton, a field doctor divides his time.

We also have parallel stories: Elias, Anton's son, is bullied at school. His home is also fractured: not only because Anton spends most of his time in an African refugee camp, but also because Anton's marriage is falling apart.

Christian is a new boy in Elias' school, transplanted out of a wealthy London boarding school following his mother's death from cancer. We first meet Christian as he flawlessly, but coldly, delivers his mother's eulogy over her coffin. In an early playground confrontation he comes to Elias' aid and reveals himself as a fearless child with a destructive streak.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In a Better World 11 Feb 2012
By polo
Excellent film. Well acted. Beautifully filmed. Shows the contrast between a nordic society and its values and an african society where the values have broken down thanks to tribal warfare. Well worth seeing. Only sorry it had such a short run being released. Winner of Oscar and Golden Globe award 2011 for Best Foreign Film in Cannes
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
I found this a quietly riveting film with some especially sterling acting. An air of mystery surrounded its soundtrack and direction and I found the bond between the two young boys tenable and touching.

Whilst the African scenario is interesting, it takes second billing for me. The elements surrounding family trust and time and love given was fascinating and well done. Bullying, in several forms, whether brutal and un-policed, as in Africa, or in a Scandinavian school or within society itself and its repercussions thereafter were explored well and worked nicely.

I cannot readily compare it to any film I know of; that is refreshing in itself and had me hooked from start to end. In A Better World can be enjoyed and appreciated by a wide audience and not just those of us who are into World Cinema.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) is a doctor at an African refugee camp, Claus (Ulrich Thomsen) is a businessman whose wife has just died of cancer. Their worlds collide through their sons, Anton's son is Elias (Markus Rygaard) and Claus's son is Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen).

Christian starts a new school, and befriends Elias who is often bullied. Christian is full of anger and unresolved grief over the loss of his mother, and naturally takes it out on his father. Seeing Elias being bullied, Christian channels his anger into persuading Elias that the only true of course of action is revenge. Anton has separated from his wife, and when he is not working in Africa he looks after his children. Anton is involved in a very different form of bullying, not just in Africa but at home where he is involved in a petty squabble between his younger son and another boy and his father Lars (Kim Bodnia). Anton sets an example to his children through nonviolent confrontation, but Elias doesn't see it this way and decides on a different route of action with Christian taking the lead.

Anton and Claus lead extremely busy lives, to the detriment of their relationship with their sons. They have their own sense of loss and regret, both seemingly failing as parents and forced to watch their sons take matters into their own hands. There's a fine balance in the film between characters who act with cruelty and those who act with kindness, and which poses moral choices for those who fall somewhere in-between.

The acting from everyone is excellent, especially by the stoic Mikael Persbrandt and William Jøhnk Nielsen. The direction from Susanne Bier is good, but the film is let down by the predictability of the parallel stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Piece Of Observation
This is a very touching and far-reaching piece of quiet film-making. The involvement of one party in medical work in the Sudan seems fraught with opportunity for drama but it is... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
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Published 2 months ago by Marc Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpeace
Susanne Bier is one of the worlds best personal directors, I don't understand that her movie "All You Need Is Love", did not even make it to the Oscars. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lars
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it!
I bought the DVD without noticing that I have already watched the film on TV, but no regret whatsoever, as it is a film worth watching again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Junying Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars In a better world
Excellent film with a touching story. Delighted to have acquired an extra foreign film. This is the first Danish film in my possession.
Published 8 months ago by Belladonna
4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Winner
This is a great little flick from Denmark, a country with an excellence in film making. It is set in Denmark and Africa, winning an Oscar for best foreign drama in 2011 or 2010. Read more
Published 11 months ago by RONAN R OSULLIVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, moving, beautiful to watch.
Such a change from the bland offerings that seem to pass for cinema today. It challenges all one's ideas of what is right and wrong. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dr Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray picture quality...
The black levels on this bluray look wrong to me- all detail appears lost in any blacks scenes- by that I mean everything is just completely black with zero detail or shade. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Blu-ray fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge and hope
The Danish name for this film is Haevnen which means The Revenge and it's one of the main themes of this film - the choice between revenge or turning the other cheek. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars never got it to work
there was an error on te CD, so it did not play. very disappointing an no where to turn to get help
Published 15 months ago by gregers larnaes
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