IN A BET­TER WORLD (2010) SBS TWO, 9.30PM, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

This Best For­eign Lan­guage Film Os­car-win­ning Dan­ish flick cen­tres on the friend­ship be­tween two boys. Doc­tor’s son Elias (Markus Ry­gaard) is the tar­get of bul­lies un­til new stu­dent Chris­tian (Wil­liam Johnk Nielsen, above with Ry­gaard) steps in. A theme pit­ting ag­gres­sion against paci­fism comes to the fore with the in­tro­duc­tion of Elias’s fa­ther, An­ton (Mikael Pers­brandt), who worked in a re­gion of Kenya where he wit­nessed a war­lord freely kill and maim. Back in Den­mark, An­ton’s stoic ac­cep­tance of an un­pro­voked per­sonal at­tack is seen by Elias and Chris­tian, who then plot a shock­ing re­venge that could ruin their lives. The film pow­ers to­wards a har­row­ing cli­max with an un­set­tling mo­men­tum which does not stop build­ing. The res­o­lu­tion to the movie’s eth­i­cal co­nun­drum will not be to the lik­ing of all, but will not be for­got­ten. ★★★✩

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