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In a Better World -- While Anton (Persbrandt) and Marianne (Dyrholm) contemplate divorce, their bullied son Elias (Rygaard) forms a bond with a new student that puts him in potential danger.
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Writers:
Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 August 2010 (Denmark) See more »
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Plot:
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Cruel to Be Kind See more (81 total) »

Cast

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Mikael Persbrandt ... Anton

Wil Johnson ... Najeeb (as Will Johnson)
Eddy Kimani ... Patient (as Eddie Kimani)
Emily Mulaya ... Sygeplejerske
Gabriel Muli ... Læge
June Waweru ... Sygeplejerske
Mary Ndoku Mbai ... Patient (as Mary Nduku Mbai)
Dynah Bereket ... Gammel dame

William Jøhnk Nielsen ... Christian (as William Jøhnk Juel Nielsen)

Ulrich Thomsen ... Claus
Elsebeth Steentoft ... Signe
Satu Helena Mikkelinen ... Hanna

Camilla Gottlieb ... Eva
Simon Maagaard Holm ... Sofus
Emil Nicolai Helms ... Sofus' skolekammerat
Martin Buch ... Niels

Markus Rygaard ... Elias

Trine Dyrholm ... Marianne

Toke Lars Bjarke ... Morten

Anette Støvelbæk ... Hanne
Preben Harris ... Patient på hospitalet
Birthe Neumann ... Mariannes kollega
Paw Henriksen ... Politibetjent
Jesper Lohmann ... Politibetjent
Bodil Jørgensen ... Rektor

Kim Bodnia ... Lars
Lucas Oliver Nyman ... Lars' søn (as Lucas O. Nyman)
Rikke Louise Andersson ... Lars' kone (as Rikke Louise Anderson)
Lars Kaalund ... Lars' kollega
Godfrey Ojiambo ... Mand
Evans Muthini ... Oversætter
Odiege Matthew ... Big Man (as Ondiege Matthew)
Nancy Akoth ... Kvinde
Camilla Bendix ... Løber
Alberte Blichfeldt ... Løberens datter
Stig Hoffmeyer ... Læge
Peter Flyvholm ... Sygeplejer
Lars Bom ... Kriminalassistent
Tina Gylling Mortensen ... Socialarbejder
Susanne Juhász ... Sygeplejerske (as Susanne Juhasz)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trice Angie Christiansen ... Guest (uncredited)

Rasmus Elton ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)
Peter Frederiksen ... Family Relative (uncredited)
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Directed by
Susanne Bier 
 
Writing credits
Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)

Susanne Bier (story) &
Anders Thomas Jensen (story)

Per Nielsen  supervising writer

Produced by
Karen Bentzon .... line producer
Tomas Eskilsson .... co-producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johan Söderqvist 
 
Cinematography by
Morten Søborg 
 
Film Editing by
Pernille Bech Christensen 
Morten Egholm 
 
Casting by
Lene Seested 
 
Production Design by
Peter Grant 
 
Set Decoration by
Lene Ejlersen 
Mathias Holmgreen 
 
Costume Design by
Manon Rasmussen 
 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Laustsen .... makeup artist
Daniel Parker .... makeup artist
Daniel Parker .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Anne Katrine Andersen .... post-production supervisor
Søren Frimodt-Møller .... production supervisor
Ida Marie Harder Jeppesen .... unit production manager
Ingrid Kofoed .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henrik Henziger .... assistant director
Joakim Höglund .... first assistant director
Ezekiel Onyango .... first assistant director: second unit
Balder Skånstrøm-Bo .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Katharina Bormann .... post sound facility coordinator
Torben Greve .... foley artist
Allan Holmberg .... sound recordist
Anne Jensen .... sound editor
Lars Rasmussen .... sound
Eddie Simonsen .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Søren Skov Haraldsted .... special effects senior pyrotechnician
Hummer Høimark .... special effects
Christian Kitter .... special effects senior technician
 
Stunts
Hans Peter Ludvigsen .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Per Arnesen .... still photographer
Jens Bo Fraek .... grip (as Jens Fraek Poulsen)
Jonas Madsen .... electrician
Jacob Marlow .... first assistant camera
Jacob Marlow .... gaffer
Ivan Molina Carmona .... electrician
Michael Tøt .... dit assistant camera
Valdemar Cold Winge .... assistant camera
Derek Gilbert Zacho .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Katharina Bormann .... casting assistant
Aurélie Guichard .... extras casting
Line Kromann .... casting
Jette Termann .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louize Nissen .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Anne Katrine Andersen .... post-production coordinator
Gregers Dohn .... trailer editor
Carla Luffe Heintzelmann .... assistant editor
Peter Hjorth .... colorist
 
Music Department
Patrik Andrén .... rhythm arranger
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Erik Guldager .... music mixer
Uno Helmersson .... assistant composer
Joakim Jennefors .... vocalist
 
Transportation Department
Nelson Kibe .... driver: Kenya
 
Other crew
Kenneth Berg .... location manager
Camilla Brem .... researcher
Susanne Falck .... script supervisor
Gabriel Bier Gislason .... script translator
Robin Hollister .... location manager: Kenya
Sidsel Hybschmann .... assistant: producer
Louise Palmkvist .... assistant: lineproducer
Line Plougsbæk .... post production assistant
Katrin Pors .... production coordinator: Kenya
 
Thanks
Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen .... thanks
Mogens Hagedorn .... thanks
Christina Rosendahl .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hævnen" - Denmark (original title)
"Revenge" - Europe (English title) (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language
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Denmark:119 min
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Trivia:
By casting Mikael Persbrandt, Susanne Bier continues a habit of combining Danish and Swedish actors in her films, see also Rolf Lassgård in After the Wedding (2006), Rafael Edholm in Den eneste ene (1999) and Ghita Nørby in Pensionat Oskar (1995), among others.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first minutes of the movie, the white T-Shirt that Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) is wearing during the surgery of the little girl gets blood stained (at around 24 mins). When finished and outside the tent, the stain is much smaller and misplaced (at around 20 mins). When leaving on the small truck, the blood stain has moved once more (at around 50 mins).See more »
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Christian:If you hit them hard enough the first time they won't dare to hit you again.See more »
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Cruel to Be Kind, 25 April 2011
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. As is customary, the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film finally makes it to Dallas in April AFTER the awards show is long forgotten (well, except for the half-assed hosting job by James Franco). Denmark's entry, directed by Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire), is overflowing with every human emotion one can imagine. However, the battle between two emotions is most prevalent: misplaced revenge and forgiveness.

At it's core, this is a story of two fathers and two sons. The presentation is quite odd in that it tries desperately to tie in all spectrum of human emotion and economic standing. Anton (Mikael Persbrandt from the excellent 2008 "Everlasting Moments") travels back and forth between an African refugee camp where he serves as a doctor, and his upscale Denmark home where he is separated from his wife and trying to set a good example for his son Elias (Markus Rygaard).

The other father is Claus (Ulrich Thomsen) whose relationship with his son Christian (William Johnk Nielsen) is flat out terrible. Christian's mother has recently lost her battle with cancer and it has caused a rift between these two ... and lit a fire of anger in young Christian.

Soon enough Christian stumbles upon Elias being bullied at school. His flaming temper sets the bully straight with a violent act, creating a bond between Elias and Christian. Sadly Christian continues to spin off axis and he drags Elias along.

As a doctor in the camp, Anton constantly strives to repair the despicable acts of the local town bully. This is used to contrast with what's going on with his own son at home. There are many parts of the film that are difficult to watch, especially as Christian just loses his grip on reality.

While I certainly see the excellence in the film, I believe the filmmakers tried too hard to stage the contrast. The story of the boys was plenty powerful enough to carry a film. Also, the doctor in the camp could have made a chilling movie on it's own. Instead we gets bits of each and that's fine ... just not what it might have been.

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