This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
These people drove Mads Mikkelsen to cannibalism.
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…
Any movie that can get my eyes watering deserves a 4.5 or higher. Incredible acting from Mads Mikkelsen, and a topic that will unnerve you more than any thriller ever could.
O que fazer quando uma criança se apaixona pelo professor por ter a atenção dele (o que ela não tinha em casa) e diante da sua frustração por não ser correspondida, inventa uma história (sem ideia das consequências) sugerindo um abuso sexual? Que situação difícil para a família, a escola, a criança e mais ainda para professor!
This movie was unsettling. Eerie. Sad. And very, very well done. The court of public opinion is a dangerous beast.
Além da inusitada economia e sutileza das atuações (que tem nos talentos de Mads Mikkelsen e da pequena Annika Wedderkopp seus grandes trunfos), essa impactante obra dinamarquesa se destaca pela forma extremamente naturalista e crua com a qual sua instigante narrativa é conduzida. Imagino que, se tivesse sido produzido por um grande estúdio americano, sobrariam notas dramáticas e intrusivas na trilha sonora, bem como a cada vez mais presente tendência ao overacting. É de se admirar, particularmente, a sensibilidade, a ousadia e a complexidade presentes no roteiro, que sequer flerta com a saída fácil e comum de vilanizar qualquer personagem, o que nos permite nos colocar na pele de cada um deles, mesmo em um tema tão delicado quanto o tratado aqui. Um filme belo, corajoso e único!
Sad. Utterly sad. Yet fascinating to see how a life can be destroyed by lies and overly eager people, people that believe anything they hear, people that do not trust their friends and the maddening scare of child abuse, real or imaginary. Shows you a) how the young and cute are not as innocent as people think, and b) how lives can be ruined by stupid thoughtless actions. Emotions plenty! Great acting, beautiful pictures and.... excellent Danish filmmaking!
This is a heart wrenching tale of how a man's life can be destroyed by a false accusation of abuse. It also shows the difficulty in determining the validity of an accusation from a young child. You don't want to take a chance if it's true, but if it's not, you open a door that can never be closed. Of course in this case it's handled horribly. It's truly terrifying to think that something like this can happen in real life
This film terrified me so much. It makes you feel frustrated and uncomfortable at the same time (in a good way). It's better to experience this without knowing too much. All I can tell you about is that it's about a man who's suffering from mass hysteria in his community. This is definitely a must-watch if you're into The Dardennes/European cinema's style of storytelling.
1. I absolutely loved the last act of The Hunt. You can't do any better than that. Christmas Eve & Ending scenes were flawless.
2. Mads Mikkelsen!
3. Klara was so amazing in it. At one point, I wanted to punch her so badly.
Few movies made me feel so tense as this one... from start to finish. I was also amazed by the powerful acting.
Well-done for the most part but there are leaps here I cannot follow.
this list could probably go on forever
(there's a lot of cronenberg here)