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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The more its makers ... draw cheap contrasts between savagery and civility the less civil and more savage toward them you begin to feel.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 04.14.2011
Methodically paced and superbly staged to create a mounting sense of dread, "In a Better World" plays like a testosterone overdose by slow drip.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 04.07.2011
Susanne Bier's latest meditation on grief and the boundaries of family -- which won this year's foreign-film Oscar -- is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout.Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, 06.03.2011
[An] urgent and compassionate thriller about the vicious cycle of aggression and revenge.Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 04.14.2011