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In a Better World also known as “Hævnen,” “Hämnden,” “I en bedre verden”

MPAA Rating: R for violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language.
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1 hr. 59 min.
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USA Release:
August 26, 2010 (Denmark)
April 1, 2011 (limited)
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A BETTER WORLD—Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer



funerals in the Bible

REVENGE, love replaces hatred—former israeli soldier and an ex-PLO fighter prove peace is possible-but only with Jesus Christ

turning the other cheek

war in the Bible

What is the Biblical perspective on war? Answer





refugee camp



father son conflict

suicidal child

SUICIDE—What does the Bible say? Answer

multiple languages—Babel

Pain and suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Featuring: Mikael Persbrandt—Anton
Trine Dyrholm—Marianne
Ulrich Thomsen—Claus
William Jøhnk Nielsen—Christian (as William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen)
Markus Rygaard—Elias
Wil Johnson—Læge
Eddy Kimani—Læge
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Director: Susanne Bier
Producer: Danmarks Radio (DR—Copenhagen, Denmark), Det Danske Filminstitut (Copenhagen, Denmark), Film Fyn, Film i Väst (Trollhättan, Sweden), more »
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “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.”

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