Thursday, February 13, 2014 — 7:00 and 9:45 p.m. — BTS 104
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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 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.
Mikael Persbrandt, William Jøhnk Nielsen, Markus Rygaard, Trine Dyrholm
Director: Susanne Bier
Simply put, this would be a better world if there were more films like In a Better World.
Tom Long, Detroit News
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
Director Bier and her regular screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen construct a believable series of events where notions of Western civilisation as opposed to Third World moral disarray are put to the test.
Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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
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
The microcosm of the children's world is exceptionally well drawn.
A thought-provoking, powerfully acted and resonant exploration of rough justice in the modern world...
Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express