In A Better World


A heart-rending drama about revenge and forgiveness

“I hate message movies,” spits Susanne Bier. The hate is upheld by the Danish director’s Oscar-winning, scalpel-sharp dissection of revenge ethics. Its parallel plots seem pat: two school friends struggle with bullies, while an aid-worker in Africa has his pacifism tested.

But messages become muddied: violence begets results, pacifism begets trouble, moral certainty emerges as limited. Bier draws on lived-in  performances and a scathing script to twist resolutions into conundrums.

“This is a question movie,” Bier declares on sharp extras. Spot on.

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