Better Days (2019)

“Can you protect me? I don’t have money to pay you.” – Chen Nian

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl is rescued from bullies at school and befriends the mysterious boy who helps her out.

My Take on it – Really interesting film that deals with the effects of bullying in schools.

The way that these characters deal with the situations the get into are enjoyable to watch because it all comes about in a realistic fashion.

The characters all let us feel the emotions that they experience which helps us empathize even more with all that is transpiring.

The film doesn’t give a real reason for the bullying itself, but that is also a telling sign since there isn’t always a clear reason for acting this way.

The parallels between school bullies and street bullies is presented quite well and is meant to show that these are not isolated incidents that only occur during the time one is studying in school, but can go on for years afterwards.

This movie was able to garner an Oscar nomination for Best International film, but isn’t expected to win come Oscar night.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was selected to have its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, held from 7 to 17 February 2019, where it was to be played as part of the Generation 14plus program. However, it was announced shortly before the start of the festival, on 4 February 2019, that all four screenings had to be canceled. No particular reason was given, so it is possible that the full movie was not ready in time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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