- Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Jøhnk Nielsen, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson, Eddy Kimani, Emily Mglaya, Gabriel Muli, June Waweru, Mary Hounu Moat, Synah Berchet, Elsebeth Steentoft, Satu Helena Mikkelinen, Camilla Gottlieb, Simon Maagaard Holm, Emil Nicolai Helms, Martin Buch, Toke Lars Bjarke, Anette Støvelbæk
- Director: Susanne Bier
- Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen
- Producer: Sisse Graum Jørgensen
- Executive Producer: Peter Aalbæk Jensen
- Costume Design: Manon Rasmussen
- D.O.P.: Morten Søborg
- Editors: Pernille Bech Christensen, Morten Egholm
- Makeup: Daniel Parker
- Music: Johan Söderqvist
- Production Design: Peter Grant
- Set Decorations: Lene Ejlersen, Mathias Holmgreen
Anton is 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Denmark, Kenya
- MPAA Warning: Violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language
- Production Companies: Danmarks Radio (DR), Det Danske Filminstitut, Film Fyn, Film i Väst, MEDIA, Memfis Film, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Sveriges Television (SVT), Swedish Film Institute, Trollhättan Film AB, Zentropa International, Zentropa Productions
2011 Guide Analysis: "The Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars this year comes as little surprise considering it's the new effort from Susanne Bier. The filmmaker has managed to find cross over appeal outside of Europe thanks to her most recent films like the original "Brothers" and the Oscar nominated "After the Wedding". This film went out on offer at Cannes last year and was quickly picked up by distributors all over the world.
After her first attempt at a Hollywood picture, the little seen and somewhat disappointing "Things We Lost in the Fire", Bier has returned to Denmark and the realistic melodrama genre she knows best. A local trailer is tense, fast and exciting as it juxtaposes themes of violence and pacifism in both the father's medical work in rural Africa and the familial discord amidst the idyllic beauty of the Danish scenery.
Reviews have been superb across the board. While the plot machinations are somewhat more obvious than her slightly more subtle work in the past, Bier's robust direction and knack for getting strong performances out of her cast apparently helps gloss over a lot (but not all) of its contrivances. From the strong characterisation to some impressive stand-alone sequences, the only faults here seemingly lie in a slightly drawn out third act. No issue though as this will likely be one to watch out for."