In a Better World won an Oscar for the best foreign film back in 2010 but I guess I must have missed it back then. What a mistake that was! Sometimes I just can’t wrap my head around a certain movie, around its depth, its profound questions without answers, its glorious both artistic and realistic depiction of life as we know it, sometimes great and sometimes wicked. It’s so difficult to review movies like this, because I could go on and on about a character or an event that are not even that big, so lets keep it short and sweet.

936full-in-a-better-world-posterIn a Better World is a Danish movie starring most of their A-listers (such an ugly, commercial word, I must not use it again) so if you’re familiar with Danish cinema (all four of you) you will see some familiar faces. It’s about two families with different sets of problems that they are trying to sort out. I know what you’re thinking (especially if you’re not too fond of drama’s or have specific taste): this is another boring drama where people just talk and nothing or little happens… This is not the case with Hævnen, it uses the real life problems of these families as a lens to look at some of the much bigger issues in our lives.

Almost every scene is so unbearably good that you will feel that your eyes are the cameras and the actors are your family. The good ones of course 🙂 Believe me time will fly and you will have something to talk about for days after this movie, plus it might even help you put some of the events from your childhood and life in general in a better perspective. Man, I think that this movie should be mandatory viewing for everybody (feeling like a Breaking Bad  or The Wire preacher again)…

Director: Susanne Bier

Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen, Susanne Bier

Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Ulrich Thomsen, Camilla Gottlieb, William Jøhnk Nielsen, Wil Johnson

Fun Facts: The story that Christian reads at his mother’s funeral is Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale”.


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