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HÆVNEN - IN A BETTER WORLD

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HÆVNEN - IN A BETTER WORLD

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 117m 44s

Release date 19/08/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, violence and gory images

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Susanne Bier

Cast includes Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 09/08/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HÆVNEN - IN A BETTER WORLD is a Danish language drama about the issues of bullying and the abuse of power. The film was classified '15' for strong language, violence and gory images.

The dual story-lines focus on a school in Copenhagen where a young boy's life is being made a misery by a bully, and on a small village in Africa where a Danish doctor has to deal with the fallout of the murderous activities of a local tribal leader. In the school-set sections, a new arrival at the school takes it upon himself to protect the boy who is being bullied. He sets about the larger and older boy with a bicycle pump and beats him severely around the face and head. He then holds a knife to the boy's throat to warn him off any future bullying. The scene is edited rapidly and the swift succession of blows is more impressionistic than explicit. Nonetheless, the bully is seen afterwards with heavy bruising and cuts on his face and head. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'.

In the scenes set in Africa, the Danish doctor deals with patients who arrive at his makeshift surgery and who have been grievously injured by a local tribal leader whose regular pastime is to bet on the sex of unborn babies and then slice open the pregnant women to find out. Although these assaults are not actually shown, there are some strong gory images as the Doctor uncovers and then treats the gaping wounds in the bellies of the victims. Given the lack of process detail, these images are containable at '15' category where there may be 'Strong threat and menace'.

The film also contains around ten uses of strong language. The Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'.

Details

Title
HÆVNEN - IN A BETTER WORLD
Year
2011
Distributor(s)
Axiom Films Ltd.
Classified date(s)
21/07/2011
Main language
Danish
Submitted run time
117m 44s
Approved footage
10596+7
BBFC reference
AFF281776
Registration number
CFJ23940

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