In a Better World

In a Better World

Score: 9.38 / 10
Released: April 15, 2011
Director: Susanne Bier
Producer: Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Studio: Mongrel Media
Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Markus Rygaard
Genre: Drama
Length: 113 minutes
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In a Better World Overview

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.