Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oscar Nominee: In a Better World

In a Better World
Directed by Susanne Bier
To Be Released April 1, 2011

This year’s Oscar submission and nominee for Best Foreign Film from Denmark is acclaimed director Susanne Bier’s Danish language follow-up to the incredible “After the Wedding.” If possible, “In a Better World” is just as affecting and powerful as that film. It’s a story that centers on two young boys and their parents, dealing with questions of morality, retribution, and good and evil. It’s one of those rare films that works just as well as a metaphor as it does without any analysis on the surface. Mikael Persbrandt delivers an especially terrific performance as third-world country doctor and often-absent father Anton, and the entire cast, including the two young children, is exceptionally strong. “In a Better World” is a gripping, meaningful, and altogether moving film.


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