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

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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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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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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 8 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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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)
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:
(at around 1h 27 mins) One of the medical staff mentions Elias is 12 years old. At around 13 mins, their teacher notes that Christian and Elias have the same birthday, so Christian is also 12 (the same age that William Jøhnk Nielsen was during "filming").See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Anton (Michael Persbrant) performs his first surgery he scratches his head/corrects the position of his mask after having put on sterile gloves (at around 42 mins) thereby contaminating them and risking that the patient gets infected. A real surgeon would never do this, and if she or he did, she or he would change gloves.See more »
Quotes:
Elias:I've been sleeping for days but I'm still tired.See more »
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
In a better movie..., 15 September 2011
Author: Hellmant from United States

'IN A BETTER WORLD': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

This Danish drama won Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards (as well as the 2011 Golden Globe). It deals with violence in Denmark among children when two ten year olds meet at school and form an unhealthy alliance against bullies. The film was titled 'Haevnen' in Danish which means 'The Revenge'. It was directed by Susanne Bier and written by Anders Thomas Jensen. It stars Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt (and some of the film is spoken in Swedish, as well as English) as well as Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Johnk Nielsen and Markus Rygaard. I found the film interesting and well made but not nearly as good as all the critical acclaim and accolades it's gotten.

The film focuses on a boy named Elias (Rygaard) who is constantly picked on and abused by bullies at his school in Denmark. His father, Anton (Persbrandt), is a doctor who works at a refugee camp in Africa and is constantly commuting back and forth. Anton and Elias's mother, Marianne (Dyrholm), have not been getting along and are contemplating a divorce. Elias's younger brother has not been effected by this as much as he has but his parent's problems combined with the bullying at school has caused a lot of emotional problems for Elias. When a new kid named Christian (Nielsen) moves to town with his father, Claus (Thomsen), from London Elias finally finds a good friend and someone he can relate to. Christian, having just lost his mother to cancer, has psychological issues of his own and is eager to help Elias with his problems. They first get revenge on the main bully picking on Elias at school in a somewhat brutal way but when Anton is assaulted by another father their ideas for revenge turn much more dangerous.

I could really relate to the outcast elements of the film and the issues of dealing with bullying and finding that one friend you can really relate to but I didn't understand the depression issues that pushed the kids towards violence so easily. I've read that's part of the film's point, exploring "how little it takes before a child - or an adult - thinks something is deeply unjust" (as said by Bier herself, according to Wikipedia). In that way the film works but I couldn't really find it relatable. For a film to really work for me it has to strike certain emotions and I have to connect with it in some kind of way (either emotionally or on a pure entertainment level) and this film didn't do that for me (as well made as it is). The acting, directing and writing are all more than adequate but in my opinion it's far from a great film.

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