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…
When I first saw it:
From Denmark, Thomas Vinterberg's searing, horrifying, 'The Hunt' is about a kindergarten teacher who is falsely accused of paedophilia. As an entire town gets caught up in the hysteria that the accusations cause, lifelong relationships are destroyed and previously unbreakable trusts are shattered. There is nothing about this film that wasn't brilliant: every single actor is remarkable, giving everybody in the enormous ensemble the depth of a fully fleshed out interior life; the direction is clear and graceful, telling the story with perfect elegance but without ever intruding on the audience's notice; the cinematography is equally good, dancing on the line between being beautiful and being unstudied; and the script is almost miraculous in the…
If not for its rather lackluster final act, this likely could have been one of the greatest films of the past decade...
After missing this film at the Leeds International Film Festival in 2012, I was very pleased to finally get the opportunity recently. The premise of a man wrongfully accused of sexually abusing a child, is one that has a particular resonance in the UK at the moment and one that, if nothing else, deserves to be rigorously explored.
The film made me squirm with despair and a deep sadness for the protagonist, with it's excellent portrayal of some of the awful and irreversible consequences of an accusation that seems to override many people's principles of due process and presumed innocence. I was glad to see that, although the audience are aware of Lucas' innocence, Vinterberg makes a conscious effort to…
This was for my English class but whatever.
The Hunt is a danish film and it was directed by Thomas Vinterberg one of the most amazing directors of Denmark along with Susanne Bier. He is also the founder of the movement 'Dogme 95'. The film starts Mads Mikkelsen as Lucas, Thomas Bo Larsen as Theo and Annika Wedderkopp as Klara. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Foreign Language film but it lost to the Italian film The Great Beauty.
The story is set in a small danish village around Christmas time in 2012.
This film follows the story of Lucas a member of a close danish community who works at the local kindergarten.…
See, not all Danish dramas are downbeat murder stories featuring driven loner cops. Some of them are harrowing tales of innocent men having their lives destroyed by a baseless accusation of paedophilia!
Deep, rich, powerful, and thought provoking, The Hunt is an engrossing drama surrounded with a great script and incredible performances, especially from Mads Mikkelsen in the lead role.
Haunting & believable story with one of the best performances (Mads Mikkelsen) I've seen in some time. I didn't care for the neatly wrapped up final act, but still a fantastic film.
- 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.…