DANISH DRAMA “IN A BETTER WORLD” SCREENS 20TH MARCH
Directed by Susanne Bier, the film tells the story of Anton, a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian‟s mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy.
Critic Lisa Mullen commented in “Sight and Sound” magazine, “An attempt to grapple with the nuances of good and evil and examine the limitations of virtue in the face of pure emotion”.
The Film Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 6.45 pm, followed by a short film at 7.30 and then “In a Better World” after a break for refreshments. Admission is free for members and membership is obtainable at the door. Enquiries phone President Imelda Carson on 8564 8225.