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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
The Hunt is still as powerful and devastating as it was upon my first watch and this time I noticed other interesting aspects that made the whole experience even more enthralling. I like to think that similarly to the deer, Lucas is now the hunted one, having to constantly live in fear and always look over his shoulder, knowing his life will never be the same as it used to be. This movie investigates several different themes such as innocence, trust and pride in a very emotional manner, enabling you to truly relate to the protagonist's pain and despair. There are quite a few memorable moments here, making you often feel uneasy and intrigued by the story. There is also…
Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt is undoubtedly a good film but I’m unconvinced that it is a great one. The sensationalist but sensitively handled plot centres on a male nursery teacher, Lucas, accused of sexually abusing one of his pupils. Despite the lack of evidence, lies spread throughout the small community as his life slowly unravels. It is a story that plays on modern social issues - the fear of sexual predators, baseless witch hunts and social prejudices - as a man’s life is ruined by the distortion of a child’s little lie.
Despite a potentially tabloid-bothering plot the film is a thoughtful and worryingly plausible examination of a community’s hysteria at hearing such an accusation. The little girl’s lie, made…
I didn't mean for this to happen.
Like a lot of people in North America I suppose, I first noticed Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale. Since then he hasn't failed to impress me with each subsequent film I've seen him in making his performance in Royale pale in comparison to almost everything he's done since with this possibly being his most impressive outing yet.
It's probably the fact that it's the most vulnerable role I've seen him in so far that it impressed me so much. It's like an obstacle course of emotions he goes through as Lucas. He's a former teacher that now works at a kindergarten because his former school is now closed. As soon as you…
"Look into my eyes. Look me in the eyes. What do you see? Do you see anything? Nothing. There's nothing. There's nothing. You leave me alone now."
Danish director, Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration), delivers a powerful and emotionally draining drama that will leave audiences hooked and feeling enraged for what Mads Mikelssen's character goes through in his closely-knit community. It's a film that will resonate with you and stay on your mind long after it's over. Building on Mikelssen's powerful and engaging performance this is a thrilling psycho-social drama that studies the mob mentality very closely while showing us how a lie that's been accepted takes on a life of its own destroying innocent lives in the process. That is…
”Look me in the eyes. What do you see? Do you see anything?”
We are often told that children are innocent, we think they are sweet, we think they always tell the truth, we think they don’t know how to tell a lie and gain an advantage, we think they are the best things about life, for us they are sweet simple creatures who don’t know anything about the dirty world of adults. Some movies challenge those presumptions, Michael Haneke’s 2009 film, The White Ribbon and Thomas Vinterberg’s recent devastating film are two movies which make us reevaluate the above mentioned assumptions. The Hunt (also knows as Jagten) is a shocking piece of cinema which is more like a 115…
Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a kindergarten teacher who is wrongly accused of child abuse and becomes a Frankenstein’s monster of sorts, torn apart as a man then reconstituted with falsehood and fear to be the type of fiend that would have been chased out of medieval towns with torches, pitchforks and mob grunting.
Watching his life fall to pieces at the hands of his near-sighted colleagues is utterly infuriating and as their bungling decisions begin to feed the hungry hysteria surrounding the accusation, It felt as if some of the performances were edging into black humour territory. This was strange considering the harrowing context of alleged crime. Although, it could be argued that this is an accurate portrayal of human…
for serious, it's one of the best films i've seen in the longest time. heartbreaking, and suspenseful. outstanding performances from the main cast.
klara is so adorable and yet she manages to make you hate her for spreading lies. her acting was rather intimidating, because it must be so difficult for kid actors to do heavy scenes. i am mesmerized.
Uncomfortable subject matter, but worth visiting and thinking about. I agree with many that this is the antithesis to The Celebration, or at least a complement of it.
Mads Mikkelsen... amazing talent in a frustrating film. Purposely frustrating though.
this is simply a perfect film. It's great due to it's immense realism, the way the filmmakers dealt with a harsh and difficult subject. Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) works with children and is soon accused by one of them (his best friends daughter) to have shown her things only meant for adults. There is no strong evidence other then the girl seeming genuinely scarred, Lucas hunts Deer with his friends in his free time but is soon the one being hunted. It's an intense film, the performances are amazing and the overall mood and atmosphere of the film was perfect, It just blew me away.
After watching 'The Hunt' I was severely appalled, because this one should have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014, instead of 'The Great Beauty'. Now I have come to realise that there is a huge lack of justice in the Academy.
First off this film got buried for no good reason, which really pisses me off because it shouldn't have seeing how the issue it addresses is one that relates to our present society.
I saw Vitenbergs the presentation before this one and I was blown away. The simplicity of The Celebration from the dogma 95 rules really helped it. So going into The Hunt I was expecting something similar, and it did share some things with The Celebration, like the house from the Celebration, and a crime to do with sexual abuse. The camera work was again masterful but less organic then it was in The Celebration. The writing was also not as organic and at times it felt forced and unnatural. Whereas the Celebrations dialogue was crisp and human. To sum it up I expected more from it then it gave me.
Brilliant and unsettling: one's whole life can so easily be utterly destroyed. Friends, work, even your ability to live in a community, are ultimately tenuous things and once lost can never be truly retained.
Powerful performances in this well structured and well paced film. One or two plot points are slightly questionable (or perhaps inconsistent), which takes you a bit out of the experience.
Still, a fantastic (if deeply unhappy) film.
I learnt a lot of things from this movie. I learnt about hunting. I learnt about sticky white stuff.
But mostly I learnt that penis is bad and should never be used by the wrong hands.
Confirms some personal convictions that adults place deranged importance on every word springing from the mouths of petulant children. Undue paranoid inferences made by the knitting circle of small-minded parents destroy the life of a perfectly amiable Mikkelson, a loving father & compassionate kindergarten assistant, pitting an entire community against him.
Tragic in its plausibility.
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- Pulp Fiction
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…