Friday, September 30, 2011

In a Better World (Hævnen) (2010)

Director: Susanne Bier. Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard. 119 min. Rated R. Denmark/Sweden. Drama.

If someone hits you, what do you do? Hit them back, or let them go ... and let them hit you again? In a Better World starts out grappling with this seemingly unanswerable question (and does a convincing job at laying it out), but then descends into cheap melodrama - maybe because it can't answer the question. At least Invictus made a decent effort at analyzing various solutions; but not this movie. Surprised the film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film this year, while better options (namely, Biutiful and Incendies) were available.

Mo says:


  1. Then this is a movie for you! Some scenes will make you twist and turn. ;-)