In a Better World

Director: Susanne Bier, Denmark 2010, 113 min., drama
Introduction: Dr Carlo Avventi & Servet Akgöbek

Anton works on a refugee camp in Africa. As a result of his self-sacrificial work, however, he spends very little time with his own family in Denmark. Anton’s children suffer as a result of their father’s absence; in particular his son Elias, who is bullied at school. In addition, Anton’s relationship with his wife Marianne starts to suffer under the strain of his absence.

Christian, a friend of Elias, blames his own father Claus for the tragic death of his mother to cancer. The parents and children in both families are trapped in a tragic circle of loss and mourning, helplessness and courage, violence and revenge.

Scenes in Denmark are dramaturgically contrasted against scenes which take place in Africa.

Susanne Bier’s high-energy drama was awarded the prize for best foreign film at the 83rd Oscar awards in 2011.

Language: German

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