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.
A brilliant move on the part of Director Thomas Vinterberg to go in the direction that he did with this film! Rather than keep us in the dark as to whether or not a crime had been committed he laid all of his cards on the table leaving no doubt whatsoever as to the innocence of this man!
By doing so we saw, felt, and anguished over the many injustices that wrongfully took place against this teacher, friend and neighbor from a small town where everyone knows everyone by name!
It in essence allowed us to walk in Lucas's shoes! And it was a truly devastating and emotionally draining experience! His journey became our journey and I can only hope…
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…
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…
Overall Grade: A
Has easily one of the best last acts I've seen in a film.
Watched it again before Netflix yanked it away and I'm so glad I did. Fox Houndson gives an astonishing performance of a man gradually ground down and never quite broken, amid adults slowly demolishing a life through carelessness, leading questions and the best intentions in the world.
Incredible. Mads Mikkelsen is amazing, but the whole cast is phenomenal. Superbly crafted.
Touching on issues such as paedophilia and society's reaction to those accused, the truthfulness of children, and the dangers related to being a single male working with kids, The Hunt is an important and highly emotionally charged film, wherein rather than portraying the horrible story of Lucas, a nursery teacher wrongly accused of sexually abusing a child, as a mystery, director Thomas Vinterberg makes his innocence entirely apparent. We know he is not guilty, but it is his word against a child's, and very little faith is put in the seemingly well-liked man after the allegations are made.
Mads Mikkelsen is outstanding as the lead character, the victim of a cruel witch-hunt brought about thanks to some horrifically inept safeguarding…
A by-the-numbers witch hunt anchored by Thomas Vinterberg's pastoral eye for scenery and an initially meek, eventually defiant turn from the great Hannibal himself.
This movie has managed to put me on some of the most uncomfortable rollercoster of emotions. The thrill, the fear, the anticipation. If you enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat through the whole movie this is the right thing for you. Superb performance by Mads Mikkelsen just adds the icing on this cake.
Fantastic film anchored by a brilliant performance by Mads. Great ending.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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