Sometimes a talented filmmaker will create a work that’s passionate and well crafted even though it’s clearly flawed, and as a consequence, viewers are forced to ask themselves if the film’s virtues outweigh its flaws, or if the weaknesses fatally compromise the picture. Susanne Bier’s latest film, Haevnen
(aka In a Better World
), is unfortunately one such movie; it’s a well-made film with some strong performances, and Bier is clearly trying to address the issues of violence, revenge, and their many consequences in contemporary culture in a thoughtful manner. But for every moment that it’s as intelligent and challenging as intended, there’s another wher...