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…
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…
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…
When I finally got around to seeing the Danish drama-thriller Jagten, aka The Hunt I was expecting a good or maybe even great film about an interesting and controversial subject matter, but I wasn't expecting anything this close to perfection. Director Thomas Vinterberg has created one of the most gripping and emotional dramas to be released so far during this decade. The controversial subject at hand is a realistic portrayal of the mass hysteria that arises when a well-known kindergarten teacher in a small Danish community comes under suspicion of being a pedophile.
This is not a mystery thriller were we as the viewer is tasked with trying to figure out whether the teacher, Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is guilty or…
Hell. Fucking hell. That is one uncomfortable watch. A great uncomfortable watch. Ever feel like your heart is being ripped apart and then fed to the dogs? The Hunt is a 2-hour presentation of that feeling. It's heartbreak simulator. A shockingly realistic portrayal of mass hysteria.
The film follows the life and struggle of pre-cannibalism Dr. Lecter, as he gets falsely accused of molesting children, beaten up, and yelled at.
Humans believe what they want to believe.
Mads Mikkelsen. Fantastic. I'd expected to have a problem seeing him as another character other than the awfully classy Hannibal Lecter also known as the cannibal pun factory. ("Next time bring your wife, I'd love to have you both for dinner.") But to…
Boy, don't kids just say the darndest of things!
Thanks to its strong performances from both child and adult actor alike, as well its harrowing and real take on an all too common issue. I can't deny that at its core, The Hunt is storytelling gold.
There was no real technical innovation seen here, though the story didn't much demand it, nor did it feel like it particularly needed it. Though I did notice similar camera movements to that in 'Room', which I myself find distracting when used too much. I couldn't help but wait for something more to happen, more often than I'd liked. If there had been parts of the movie that were like the final scene and…
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‘The Hunt’ is a film I’d place alongside something like ’12 Years a Slave’ or ‘The Act of Killing’, which isn’t something I’d do lightly. But it shares that quality of being all the better for the fact that it’s difficult to watch and that I probably wouldn’t want to watch it again, though of the three it’s the one I’d choose. What it does is take a really horrible situation, an innocent man getting wrongly accused of child sexual abuse, and logically follows through all the probable outcomes. If judging the quality of a film is judging the success with which it does what it sets out to do, then this film…
Elicits raw emotion in a visceral way. Oh, how quickly people can turn on you.
This movie is Phenomenal! Go watch it as soon as you can because it is magnificent! A man is accused for sexually abusing a little girl and his life is being ruined because of that accusation. Throughout the movie it shows a man being tormented for something he probably didn't even do. Everybody does a fantastic job in there roles. Even the child actor does a great job! I never usually talk about this with a movie, but the Hunt has a fantastic moral to leave with people after watching it. After watching the movie, it really made me think how one little thing can ruin everything. Seriously, go watch this movie as soon as you can. Currently, it's on netflix. 10/10
That last scene is bone chilling.
i fucking hate children, which definitely was not the point of this film.
This is an awfully silly film and I have to chuckle that something this portentous got so much applause upon arrival. Vinterberg does direct this beautifully with it being genuinely intense and of course Mikkelsen is great (though this is fairly average by his standard), but the house these good qualities are built upon are awfully lazy and silly making even me, no fan of von Trier, look at Dogville in an extremely positive light since it at least committed to the full absurdity of these sorts of themes. The film doesn't go to the absurd heights needed to pull off the idiotic behaviors of the characters (seriously the first thing they teach you as a male teacher of young…
Ein unglaublich fesselnder Film der einen so dermaßen mitnimmt, dass man kaum Luft kriegt. Aber auch ein sehr hartes Thema.
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