In A Better World

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In a Better World, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, is a powerful study in the seduction of revenge and the power of forgiveness. A doctor’s young son is being bullied at school until he’s befriended by a new boy, Christian, who uses violence to solve the problem. The boys form a bond that seems to be mutually beneficial, but there’s an oppressive feeling that Christian’s unyielding behavior is never more than a stone’s throw away from horrifying consequences.

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There are violent images, particularly of suffering at the African refugee camp where the doctor works. ClearPlay trims the graphic shots, as well as some harsh language that crops up sporadically throughout the movie. Several scenes remain of young boys participating in dangerous activities that should make you think twice about sharing it with the whole family. The movie raises serious questions about what it means to win and lose, and when turning the other cheek may not be the best solution. If you do watch it with younger family members (probably teens and above), be prepared to have deep discussions.

Can this World make me a better person?…

It’s refreshing to see a movie that’s uncompromising in its intent, and riveting in its intensity. The acting is outstanding, while the music and cinematography paint larger-than-life pictures of the world we live in, full of violent ambiguities with few easy answers. Some movies are good, some are important. In a Better World manages to be both.

Marty Nabhan—ClearPlay Pacifist

Rated R for violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language;119 min; Directed By Susanne Bier
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