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. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge, tragic consequences come to bear.
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Not only do Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen forsake that route, they ratchet up this plot-strand for maximal histrionics, posing school-age children simultaneously as terrorist threats and suicide risks.
A beautiful piece of work by Susanne Bier. The movie is an intricate trip throughout feelings and moral dilemmas that go beyond circumstances - they're already part of human being.
"In a Better World" is a deep and well-made film with a great photography and good performances.
I don't understand reviews like Peter Bradshaw's by the way.
Yet another beautiful film from Susanne Bier. Although the characters' moral dilemmas are tense and often frustrating, the story is touching and digs deep into the line between self-defence and vengeance, responsibility, and coping with losses.
A fascinating approach of the intricate mystery of violence in modern societies. It is also masterfully directed and acted. It's very interesting to see that the clichés of violence on screen are outplayed here: everything happens in a sun ray, and every picture seems to imply that heaven is on earth. Magnificent.
The 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film examines the ideas of masculinity and revenge, juxtaposing outdated masculine ideas vs. contemporary societal responsibilities in a consistently engaging way. Loses some steam near the end, but Bier's direction is graceful. One of the better Foreign Language winners of recent years.
This one might be the most traditional, naive, and unadorned movie of all the Oscar nominees. Yet this is the most mesmerizing and the most provoking. Yes, Susanne Bier made a balance line between an emotional melodrama and a violent theme.
It' hard to beat "Inception" at this point, having seen it five times in the cinema, but Susanne Biers new film "Hævnen" is a strong, strong, strong contender for this years best film, being one of the most emotional violent films I have seen. I cried so much it's almost retarded. Like having a jet plane hitting your chest. Your guts inside out. Oh my god, what a director Bier is. The Drama Queen of our times.