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In a Better World (2010) More at IMDbPro »Hævnen (original title)

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In a Better World -- Despite his father's plea for tolerance, a bullied schoolboy and his friend choose revenge over forgiveness in this provocative drama about family relationships and world events.
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.
In a Better World -- Clip: Africa

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Director:
Writers:
Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)
Susanne Bier (story) ...
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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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An astonishing achievement See more (84 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:

Martin Boserup ... Begravelsesgæst (uncredited)
Trice Angie Christiansen ... Guest (uncredited)

Rasmus Elton ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)

Peter Frederiksen ... Family Relative (uncredited)
Camilla Pedersen ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Susanne Bier 
 
Writing credits
Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)

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

Per Nielsen  supervising writer

Produced by
Anna Anthony .... co-producer
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 Højmark .... special effects (as Hummer Høimark)
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 .... additional camera operator
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
Dave Jewerén Moore .... assistant score mixer
Dave Jewerén Moore .... music editor
 
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
Runtime:
Denmark:119 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 Like It Never Was Before (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 »
Quotes:
Anton:Sometimes it feels like there is a veil between you and death, but that veil disappears when you lose someone you loved or someone who was close to you, and you see death clearly, for a second, but later the veil returns, and you carry on living. Then things will be alright again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV)See more »

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100 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
An astonishing achievement, 24 November 2010
Author: jstad-906-120200 from United States

Saw this in Toronto and it remained with me for days afterward. Shattering filmmaking! The size and elegance of a Hollywood big budget, with the honesty and challenge of an indy. The performances, especially those of the two boys, are riveting, but I was also impressed with the deep focus photography, the haunting score. Went to see this because I had so enjoyed After the Wedding - but feel this is even better. Only the ending conflict resolution is, perhaps, a little too easy-- but not unearned. And oh boy, was I grateful for it. I want to see this with my son, because I want him to experience the moral and emotional snake pit Bier and her screenwriter toss us into: every guy --no matter what age-- will get it, and none of us will like it very much. To me, Bier speaks about what it SHOULD mean to be a man. Is vengeance built into our genes? I hope not. And I hope this wins the Academy Award this year, and everybody in America goes to see it.

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