Watched Sep 11, 2012
Gregory Ashman’s review:
Another amazing turn from Mikkelsen who plays a Kindergarten teacher named Lucas who is falsely accused of molesting a student who also happens to be the daughter of his best friend. The sense of community that Vinterberg manages to create is breathtaking as you watch it all crumble to the ground after the lie begins to spread throughout the quiet town like a virus. Mikkelsen creates great pathos as his character turns pariah overnight- you just are with him the entire time. Kudos as well to a great supporting cast including Thomas Bo Larson who plays Lucas' best friend Theo. Just watching the scene in the church on Christmas eve for the chemistry between Larson and Mikkelsen more than confirms the texture and triumph in performance that is uniform throughout. The Hunt also has one of the best endings I've seen in a film in quite a while- it provides great commentary on both the limits and great capacities of forgiveness and redemption. Recommended.