IN A BETTER WORLD
HÆVNEN
2010, 119 min, Denmark, Dir: Susanne Bier

Anton (Mikael Persbrandt, 2012’s THE HOBBIT), a doctor who tends to abused pregnant women in an African refugee camp, commutes from his home in quiet Denmark. When his older son Elias is defended from bullying by classmate Christian, Elias is exposed to ideas of violence and vengeance from which his pacifist father has always sheltered him. The boys 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. A proponent of Dogme 95, director Susanne Bier (THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE) employs vérité technique to evoke strong emotion, resulting in "a gripping meditation on the choices between pacificism and violence that are faced in so-called civilized society as well as extreme Third World situations." – Mike Goodridge, Screen International

In Danish with English subtitles


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