Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The lie is spreading.
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…
"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…
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 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…
don't watch this you will get really angry and wanna punch children
A terrific film with s sensitive subject that is being dealt with extremely successfully. Times hard to figure out what is going to happen next. Furthermore you really feel with the guy who is falsely accused. A concern some males who work in the child care business must face I am afraid. The tale really brings feelings to the surface - mostly angryness - in a realistically manner.
By the way: Mads Mikkelsen is once again giving an splendid performance. What a talent. The guy playing his son is a strong character, too.
Antes de assistir Jagten, a única referência que eu tive foi a premiação de Mads Mikkelsen no Festival de Cannes do ano de lançamento do filme. Como o filme estava entre um dos recomendados pelo meu namorado, tomei atitude de colocá-lo a frente na lista e assistir. Mikkelsen já havia chamado minha atenção com sua atuação forte em Casino Royale, então eu não esperava por menos que Le Chiffre novamente, mas com o curso do filme percebi que estava completamente equivocada. Lucas é um personagem comum. O estereótipo de um homem bom que acaba virando o alvo da comunidade por uma mentira de uma criança inocente. Apartado do bando e sem entender do que se tratava, Mikkelsen toma seu lugar como cervo e faz honra ao nome com a excelente atuação. Um filme digno de ser colocado na prateleira.
"Lucas: The whole town is listening. Tell me! What do you want to say?
Agnes: Stop it, you fucking psychopath!
Lucas: I want a word with Theo. 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. You leave me alone now, Theo. Then I'll go. Thank you."
Examination of an accusation of child abuse so badly done it verges on being dangerous. Starting with the fact it's about a false accusation when these account for around 3% of child abuse accusations, through to the totally unbelievable way it's dealt with, the film is shot through with men's rights paranoia and a total ignorance of its subject. Will no doubt be praised though as it's expensively filmed and has art house credentials.
One of my favorite foreign films of all time. Should have won the Oscar, very important and very beautiful
This movie is extremely well put together. The acting makes it very real, the editing and sequence of events is very well done, and it's one of those movies that gets people talking after watching it. The subject matter makes it tough to watch. You feel deeply for just about every character. I'm not sure it's possible to pinpoint a villain, unless you consider sheer happenstance to be a character. I really enjoyed this movie and recommend it. It is definitely a bit of a downer though, and i know a lot of people don't like movies that give them any sense of feeling down.
Thomas Vinterberg's elegant, but unsettling, drama is a little bit THE CRUCIBLE, a little bit ATONEMENT but brought into the palpable present with the ongoing hysteria over child sexual abuse. It's presents a devastatingly complex moral situation, the kind of stuff that PRISONERS wanted to do but got bogged down by too many red herrings and twists. THE HUNT never really tries to be a mystery, letting us into the characters plight as being the one who is persecuted. In many ways, Lucas (an astonishing Mads Mikkelsen) is a present day John Proctor, facing accusations with dignity, while unraveling in a human way. What builds slowly boils into an excellent third act, though some are right in mentioning an almost…
It's kind of like the Salem Witch Trials...but with molestation!
Poor Mads Mikkelsen; he's either being accused of eating people or molesting children. The dude can't catch a break.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
Over two days, my "Movies To See" list is unspooling on The Dissolve. Here's your chance to check them off,…
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…