In a Better World (2011) This year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film ( In a Better World ) is a fine example of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's (… 2011-04-01 R PT113M Drama Foreign Language Mikael Persbrandt Trine Dyrholm Wil Johnson Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

In a Better World (2011)

MPAA Rating: R
Mikael Persbrandt, In a Better World | FACING CONFLICT Mikael Persbrandt and Trine Dyrholm star in In A Better World
Image credit: Per Arnesen
FACING CONFLICT Mikael Persbrandt and Trine Dyrholm star in In A Better World
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Apr 01, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 113 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Mikael Persbrandt; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

This year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film (In a Better World) is a fine example of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's (Brothers) talent for weaving together accessible domestic melodrama and issues of ethical awareness of the world beyond our doorstep. Swedish star Mikael Persbrandt plays a humanitarian doctor who devotes himself to practicing medicine in an African refugee camp, a despairing witness to the ravages of brutal tribal revenge. He later returns home to Denmark to find that his sensitive son has fallen under the sway of a well-mannered little school friend mourning the death of his mother by acting out his own darker impulses. Bier's inviting film asks but doesn't answer: Is the male urge for violence innate? Is it passed from father to son? And if it is, how can we teach our children well? B+


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Originally posted Mar 30, 2011 Published in issue #1149 Apr 08, 2011 Order article reprints