General · 24th January 2012
On January 27 at 7:45, Friday Flicks presents In A Better World (Rated: R) at the Quadra Community Centre.
Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this provocative Danish parable from director Susanne Bier is an emotional powerhouse. IN A BETTER WORLD might well be the most intelligent movie ever made on the subject of what manhood means in the 21st century.
Anton is a divorced doctor still entangled in lingering threads of attachment to his ex-wife. He devotes himself to his work in Kenya among the victimized where suffering is rife and immediate. But he has torn responsibilities. His work demands his frequent absence from his timid 10-year-old son, Elias.
The film segue's back and forth between the refugee camp and a seemingly perfect Danish village. It contrasts bullying at home with what Anton faces on a global scale. These are big subjects, fraught with traps, but Bier insists that, Africa or Europe, well-off or destitute, we all inhabit the same dangerous planet. Nobody has it easy; least of all the boys who must act like men before their time.