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In a Better World ()

Hævnen (original title)
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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.

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Anton
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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
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Christian (as William Jøhnk Juel Nielsen)
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Claus
Elsebeth Steentoft ...
Signe
Satu Mikkelinen ...
Hanna (as Satu Helena Mikkelinen)
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Eva
Simon Maagaard Holm ...
Sofus
Emil Nicolai Helms ...
Sofus' skolekammerat
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Niels
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Elias
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Marianne
Toke Lars Bjarke ...
Morten
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Hanne
Preben Harris ...
Patient på hospitalet
Birthe Neumann ...
Mariannes kollega
Paw Henriksen ...
Politibetjent
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Politibetjent
Bodil Jørgensen ...
Rektor
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Lars
Lucas Oliver Nyman ...
Lars' søn (as Lucas O. Nyman)
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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)
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Begravelsesgæst (uncredited)
Trice Angie Christiansen ...
Guest (uncredited)
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Funeral Guest (uncredited)
Peter Frederiksen ...
Family Relative (uncredited)
Camilla Pedersen ...
Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

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Susanne Bier

Written by

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Anders Thomas Jensen ... (screenplay)
 
Susanne Bier ... (story) &
Anders Thomas Jensen ... (story)
 
Per Nielsen ... (supervising writer)

Produced by

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Anna Anthony ... co-producer
Karen Bentzon ... line producer
Tomas Eskilsson ... co-producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen ... executive producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen ... producer

Music by

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Johan Söderqvist

Cinematography by

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Morten Søborg

Film Editing by

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Pernille Bech Christensen
Morten Egholm

Editorial Department

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Anne Katrine Andersen ... post-production producer
Gregers Dohn ... trailer editor
Carla Luffe Heintzelmann ... assistant editor
Peter Hjorth ... colorist

Casting By

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Lene Seested

Production Design by

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Peter Grant

Set Decoration by

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Lene Ejlersen
Mathias Holmgreen

Costume Design by

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Manon Rasmussen

Makeup Department

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Charlotte Laustsen ... makeup artist
Daniel Parker ... makeup artist / special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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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

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Henrik Henziger ... assistant director
Joakim Höglund ... first assistant director
Ezekiel Onyango ... first assistant director: second unit
Balder Skånstrøm-Bo ... second assistant director

Sound Department

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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

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Søren Skov Haraldsted ... special effects senior pyrotechnician
Hummer Højmark ... special effects (as Hummer Høimark)
Christian Kitter ... special effects senior technician

Visual Effects by

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Ejvind Bording ... filter settings
Lars Dela ... visual effects supervisor
Erik Eriksson ... assistant visual effects / color grader
Peter Hjorth ... digital artist: colourist
Simon Lytting ... on-line
Karen Pihl Madsen ... graphic design
Lars 'Lalo' Werner Nielsen ... visual effects
Charlotte Sommer ... visual effects coordinator

Stunts

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Hans-Peter Ludvigsen ... stunts (as Hans Peter Ludvigsen)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Per Arnesen ... still photographer
Jens Bo Fraek ... grip (as Jens Fraek Poulsen)
Valdemar Winge Leisner ... assistant camera (as Valdemar Cold Winge)
Jonas Madsen ... electrician
Jacob Marlow ... additional camera operator / gaffer
Ivan Molina Carmona ... electrician
Michael Tøt ... dit assistant camera
Derek Gilbert Zacho ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Katharina Bormann ... casting assistant
Aurélie Guichard ... extras casting
Line Kromann ... casting
Jette Termann ... casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Louize Nissen ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Kenneth Berg ... location manager
Robin Hollister ... location manager: Kenya

Music Department

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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 / music editor

Transportation Department

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Nelson Kibe ... driver: Kenya

Other crew

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Camilla Brem ... researcher
Susanne Falck ... script supervisor
Gabriel Bier Gislason ... script translator
Piodor Gustafsson ... Film Consultant (as Peter Gustafsson)
Sidsel Hybschmann ... assistant: producer
Wambui Kairo ... production assistant: Kenya
David Matamoros ... production staff
Louise Palmkvist ... assistant: lineproducer
Line Plougsbæk ... post production assistant
Katrin Pors ... production coordinator: Kenya

Thanks

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Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen ... thanks
Mogens Hagedorn ... thanks
Christina Rosendahl ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. Written by Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Producer

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Also Known As
  • Civilisation (Denmark)
  • Hämnden (Sweden)
  • In a Better World (World-wide, English title)
  • In a Better World (United States)
  • Julius (United States)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $13,004,198

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Trivia The Danish title 'Hævnen' translates into English as 'Revenge'. Susanne Bier mentioned that she prefers the English title 'In a Better World' which emphasizes the hopefulness of the film while the Danish title emphasizes the severeness of the film (at 1:52:49 in the Blu-ray director's commentary). See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #4.1 (2010). 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.
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