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In a Better World

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Susanne Bier

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About the Movie

A provocative film that explores the difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness, In a Better World follows two Danish families and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. Bullied at school, Elias is defended by Christian, a boy greatly troubled over his mother’s death. So when the two become involved in an act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, it’s their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy in this 2010 Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner for Best Foreign Film.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 118
  • Fresh: 91
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The more its makers ... draw cheap contrasts between savagery and civility the less civil and more savage toward them you begin to feel. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Apr 14, 2011

Fresh: 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, Jun 3, 2011

Fresh: [An] urgent and compassionate thriller about the vicious cycle of aggression and revenge. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr 14, 2011

Fresh: 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, Apr 29, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Best Thus Far

Great no name cast! You think you know how it's going to end but you really don't. I could feel a great connection with all the characters. Great job and hope to see more from this aspiring young talent.

On The Fence about this one...

I appreciate the writer/director trying to draw similarities between global and local tragedies, grief, violence and loss, as well as, the rise and consequences of bullying, however, the contrasts and personal stories muddied the message for me. And when you look at the professional(?) reviews, even the critics can't agree on what the message of this film was all about. Yet, this film won international awards including several Oscars. Kinda crazy. Quite confusing for me. Glad I only rented this montage.

An Inspiring but Flawed Film

This is a great film for anyone that likes meaningful movies that explore human emotions, relationships and flaws. My only problem was that ending seemed to a bit too tidy. Still, it's a very deserving winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar!

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