In A Better World details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Wil Johnson, Satu Helena Mikkelinen|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
In A Better World
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Jan 2012|
|Main languages:||Danish, Swedish, English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning film teeters between the two polarities of hope and despair, peace and violence.
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Powerful & thought-provoking.By Ferretio (58 reviews) from Wimbledon , 28 Jan 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Wow. What a film.
What starts off as probably the best portrayal of the effects of bullying I've seen on screen for the first half of the film turns dark for the second.
Assured, high-quality performances all round but the performances by the two young leads steal your attention and stay with you for quite a while.
Discover this little-known film for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
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How do we stand up to violence?By EnglishGoose (1 review) , 05 Dec 2013How do we respond to bullying and violence? This beautifully filmed movie (the landscapes on Blu-Ray are stunning) poses these questions using contrasting situations in war-torn Africa and rural Denmark. The answer clearly is 'It depends...' but I recommend you watch the movie and make up your own mind.
Scandinavian angstBy StoryeBook (31 reviews) , 16 Nov 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideIntense, with most of the intensity played out by kids on behalf of the adults. I felt shades of L'Etranger in that the boy with the knife is responding to his mother's death in the same unexpected, sudden and driven manner. Beautifully done, and you root for the doctor in Africa, though you wonder how far you should root for the kids.
Great films are rareBy a customer , 11 Sep 2013Excellent, thought provoking unusual film. It highlighted the problems facing peace loving people when confronted with desperate violence. The characters were portrayed with sensitivity by all the main actors. The two boys were outstanding.
Beautiful and full of troubled souls...By Rockinroy (50 reviews) from Milton Keynes , 19 Aug 2013I rented this film not just because of the ratings, or that one of the stars was in the TV series Banshee, but also I now enjoy Danish TV series like Borgen and The Killing. Slowburners like this 2 hour movie, reward your continual attention but I cannot help think that maybe this was a two-hour TV drama and not what you might expect at your local multiscreen. Engaging from the off it flits between two plot lines with aplomb and yet somehow the upshot was a little unresolved for me, at least the African scenes. It is lovely to look at and devoid of sex scenes though there is some blood and profanity (from the kids!). There were no adverts before it got going on this disk. However, and this is personal observation, like with its TV antecedents why is it seemingly always that we have oh-so-troubled middle-class types? In this film they seem to have everything and yet find stability in their families beyond them. You find out little about them except for the doctor who seems to prefer to be adored by his African tribal entourage mostly kids, and avoid a proper relationship at home. In fact the film is all about how he cannot cope and just keep making things so much worse. Surely this is for dramatic effect, not everyone so well qualified can be such a social disaster?
Refreshingly European.By DizzyJG (1 review) , 15 Aug 2013The adults and kids are equally dysfunctional, due to life events that have shaped them. The drama is well handled and the finale is very European cinema rather than Hollywood. Which is a good thing in my opinion. The feeling I was left with was that if we communicate with each other then we stand some chance of understanding better.