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In a Better World

Directed by Susanne Bier. Denmark. 2010. R. 119 minutes. Sony. 35mm.
Tue., June 14, 2011 thru Wed., June 22, 2011
Tuesday
June 14, 2011
7:30 pm
Wednesday
June 15, 2011
2:00 pm
Wednesday
June 15, 2011
7:30 pm
Thursday
June 16, 2011
7:30 pm
Friday
June 17, 2011
7:30 pm
Sunday
June 19, 2011
4:30 pm
Sunday
June 19, 2011
7:00 pm
Monday
June 20, 2011
6:30 pm
Tuesday
June 21, 2011
7:30 pm
Wednesday
June 22, 2011
2:00 pm
Wednesday
June 22, 2011
7:30 pm

“Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) and his wife, Marianne (Trine Dyrholm), are doctors. Much of his time is spent in Africa, where he tends the sick under harsh and even dangerous conditions; she remains at home in Denmark. Now separated, they have two sons, one of whom, Elias (Markus Rygaard), is badly bullied at school—a crisis that endures until a new boy named Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen) arrives, stands up for him, and pulls a knife on the persecutor. At no point does Susanne Bier’s film stray far from the borders of violence, whether it’s the violence of disease, of calculated payback, or simply of insufferable feeling. By and large, the children in the movie cleave instinctively to an Old Testament view of wrongs inflicted and answered, whereas most of the adults, who seem at once weaker and more disciplined, subscribe, at least in theory, to Christian forgiveness. The result veers perilously close to the programmatic, ever more so as the plot proceeds, and there are scenes where we seem to be observing a moral demonstration as much as a drama; yet the movie does retain grip and grace, and the performances—by the child actors, in particular—quicken the pulse of life, even in their obsession with death. Winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In Danish.” (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)

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