Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
I grew up reading about the actual case from a small community in the middle of Norway.
Lindholm and Vinterberg's story is of course altered for dramatic effect, as well as shortened the amount of time it took to resolve.
I was only in my teens, without any sort of knowledge about the particular community/invidivuals or the basis of proof, but I remember it never sitting quite right with me. As the Danish title refers to, it absolutely felt like a witch hunt, with some, in hindsight, awful handling by the professionals on the case.
As it were, the origin story changed a national belief in children as 100% purveyors of truth.
From this, Lindholm writes, unfortunately not completely free…
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…
- Lucas is an idealized personification of the dignity of the human spirit. His role is to represent the burden of an innocent soul, that is perfectly capable of making human mistakes. He reminds us of the weight that the perception of society towards our image and reputation can have in our condition of social beings.
- Klara represents the only source of purity in the film. She is a little spark; the rest of the people are dynamite cartridges. Given her age, and therefore his incapacity to properly measure the effects of a lie (actually, nobody can), her mistake was to fuse the powder leading to the dynamite. It actually backfires against her in one scene.
- The rest…
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…
"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…
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…
WOW. An incredibly compelling film with a standout performance from Mads Mikkelsen. Really loved the subtlety in the performances and the complexity of the characters, not to mention the gorgeous Danish backdrop which gave the film a truly bleak and lonely feel. Felt like the last half an hour or so was a bit redundant and over-done, but really loved the film up to that point.
Well... this was depressing. An excellent performance from Mads Mikkelson carries this film, but it's a tough watch.
An excellent yet harrowing account of the impact of a false rumour.
At times, this is a really difficult watch. I volunteer as a teacher in my free time so this basically my worst nightmare. It's hard to watch his life and the lives of those around him essentially come apart for nothing.
Vinterberg does an excellent job creating this small, friendly community which becomes this tense and hostile environment. Mikkelsen was great (as always) and the supporting cast was also excellent (this deserves some kind of award for the beards alone). Vinterberg deserves credit for his writing contribution as well. The people all behave very credibly and a film like this could easily lapse into hystrionics. The whole hunting metaphor is too on-the-nose for my taste but it does provide for a wonderfully unsettling final scene.
The lil cunt destroyer
Some people's gullibility would've been more credible in a less contemporary setting, but still a powerful movie. I don't like ambiguous endings, but i guess it justifies the title.
Vette film. Je wordt meegesleurd in een enorme neergaande spiraal.
It zīmogi, no kuriem vaļā nevar tikt nekādi. Bija tieši tik labi, cik biju gaidījis.
Intense, gripping drama, with a truly powerful lead performance. The subject matter is unbearably tough, but the film is incredible.
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