Saturday, April 9, 2011

In a Better World (2010)

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:
Best Foreign Language Film: Denmark (WINNER)

I have to admit this is the first Susanne Bier film I'm seeing, as I've never got the chance to see After the Wedding, Brothers or not even Things We Lost in the Fire. The main reason I saw it of course is because it was nominated and moreso: it won! It's also the first film I'm seeing out of the 5 nominees, so for now I cannot compare them.

In a Better World is a serious film, quite well put together, with no obvious flaws in both screenplay & direction. Even so, due to its subject, I found it hard to enjoy and it really became a bit difficult to watch at one point. It's not a feel-good movie, it's quite slow at times and it didn't make me curious until the very last end.

On the very plus side: the beautiful cinematography that captures both African landscape and also magnificent close-ups with the characters. The actors all give very good performances, especially the men. Watch out for the kid named William Johnk Nielsen, in his first role - he's got both the looks and the talent to have a great career in the following years.

My rating for the film: 7.5/10. It could've been a 7, but some scenes are too honest and well acted to be ignored.


  1. I felt that this movie stumbled a couple of times. It had terrific moments but sometimes it was a bit well... boring. Overall, I agree with you.

    BTW, I was so annoyed by some things (not the movie's fault, really). I mean they should have slapped these stupid kids once or twice. And that kid spoke to his dead like shit. Gee, I was shocked. I might be too conventional in my thinking of raising children but I think they allowed these kids to do WAY to much.

  2. well, I like unconventional characters, so the kid was fine with me.

    as days pass, I notice I've completely taken it out of my mind.