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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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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 10 wins & 19 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A haunting insight into man's soul 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)
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 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 .... 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
 
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:
Susanne Bier mentioned that the meeting of Elias' mother with Christian's father in the headmistress' office was originally longer and was the first scene of a story line in the script that brought Christian to the belief there was a budding romance between them. Most of that story line was cut during editing because there were too many story lines (26:19 in the Blu-ray director's commentary).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:
[last lines]
Christian:Can't wait until you back at school.
Elias:Me too.
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58 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
A haunting insight into man's soul, 12 February 2011
Author: rowiko from Japan

I saw this on the plane the other day, and my only regret is that it was on a small screen.

I've come to like Danish films in general (and Ulrich Thomsen in particular) in recent years, although they are usually not very easy to watch. What they all seem to have in common is a certain melancholy, and they can therefore come across as rather depressing.

The same here. Christian's mother's cancer death is quite obviously affecting both the boy and his dad very, very deeply (though in very different ways), and the deep sorrow seem catchy for the viewer as well. It is probably also, however, a sign of the brilliant acting.

The parallel storyline of Elias and his parents, who are in the process of a divorce, affects the viewer equally deeply.

The stories are brilliantly interlinked, and the underlying theme of revenge is constantly there and makes us think. A lot! A deep-going, dramatic and extremely powerful movie, which, I think, a wide audience should see. In my view, it would certainly deserve an Oscar!

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