In A Better World: DVD Review
In a Better World
Released by Vendetta Film
Globe and Oscar winner In a Better World opens in Africa with Mikael
Persbrandt's Anton working as a doctor in a field hospital and dealing with the
fall out of a warlord and combat.
Anton is the
pacifist, preferring to take the moral high ground rather than strike the first
blow - but it's more difficult for his son Elias back in Denmark. He's bullied
by the school kids and a bit of a loner.
new kid on the block, Christian defends him - and a friendship forms. But as the
friendship grows, Christian, who's recently lost his mother to cancer and is
full of anger plots revenge on those who would do him and his friends wrong.
And it all escalates with devastating consequences.
In a Better World is a powerhouse, slow burning
With evocative cutaways (either in Africa or Denmark), there's a real
brooding intensity throughout - and while Persbrandt is good as Anton, the film
belongs to the kids - William Jøhnk Nielsen as Christian and Markus Rygaard as
Both bring a real intensity to their
brooding - Nielsen's particularly subtle in his role as a kid who's experienced
loss and grief and doesn't know where to channel it.
Expect to become quickly engrossed in this drama - it's multi-layered, subtle
and deeply rewarding.