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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.
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…
A brilliantly painted portrait of how prejudice can turn even the most decent people into a mindless mob, The Hunt is a provocative study of our ever judgmental society which is always ready to believe anything that gives them a chance to persecute someone without even verifying the accusation or caring about how affecting & damaging it could actually be if the accused turns out to be innocent.
Set around Christmas in a small Danish town, The Hunt (also known as Jagten) tells the story of Lucas; a kindergarten schoolteacher in his mid-40s who is admired by his peers, loved by his school children & is friendly with everyone in town. But his life soon turns upside down when an innocent lie…
These people drove Mads Mikkelsen to cannibalism.
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 could have told you this would happen.
Watch it for Mads Mikkelsen who is as flawless as ever. It was a bit unnerving to see the actor who seamlessly stepped into the skin of Hannibal Lecter, present himself as a kindergarten teacher just as convincingly.
The story is the other strong point, which makes the movie a must-watch. It reveals the ugly side of a witch hunt started by a group of self-righteous people against an innocent man. There is no room for you to pick sides because each side is justifiably right. And as the story unfolds, the amount of indignation and helpless it induces in you is simply crippling.
Niederschmetterndes Drama mit tiefgehenden Performances von Mads Mikkelsen und Thomas Bo Larsen - Vorsicht: Unwohlsein garantiert
Die Geschichte um den Kindergärtner Lucas, der bezichtigt wird, sich an einem der Kinder vergriffen zu haben, ist schwer zu gucken und in ihrer Art und Weise so emotional komplex, da man die Reaktion jeder Figur nachvollziehen kann.
Ich bin so froh, dass man sich für diese Ende entschieden hat, denn das alternative Ende auf der Blu-ray lässt jegliche Subtilität und Fingerspitzengefühl vermissen...
Madds mikkelson is becoming one of the best actors in the business and this films shows exactly why
This was a good place to start with Vinterberg. A terrifying film about the fallout of a false accusation that definitely left me with lots of food for thought. Almost everything about this one is solid. Worth your time for sure.
if I hated kids before, you can't imagine now >:)
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