Dir. Susanne Bier
(2011, R, 118 min)

In a Better World, this year’s Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, begins with a compelling moral question but then slides into Afterschool Special territory. It opens with Anton (Mikael Persbrandt), a Swedish doctor volunteering in Africa, while his estranged wife Marianne (Trine Dyrholm) and his son Elias (Markus Rygaard) cope with his absence at home in Denmark. Meanwhile, another boy copes with loss: Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen) mourns the death of his mother to cancer, while harboring resentment for his father (Ulrich Thomsen) … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.

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