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…
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…
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…
I absolutely love Mads but besides Casino and Hannibal I realize I haven't watched him in that much. Every time I see this dude he blows me away regardless of language. The whole cast of this one is really quite amazing.
You can't even like talk to children these days because people look at you weird. The Hunt is scarier than any horror movie because this can happen so easily.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My initial reaction after watching this film was shock and amazement over how much power one little white lie can hold. This film strikes an emotional chord with it's viewers not only with our protagonist, but with the families involved. You can be mad at them for condemning this man, but what choice did they have? Technically, I was amazed with this film. The cinematography really elevated the film and the director really kept the pace perfect throughout. This was definitely my favorite foreign film of 2012, and it places in my top three foreign films of all time.
As riveting as it is terrifying, The Hunt shows how a lie can spiral out of control, held together by fantastic performances, especially by lead Mads Mikkelsen
One of the most important films of recent times. A must see.
"It's just because there is so much evil in this world, and if we hold on to each other it will go away."
I'd wrote a full review if this hadn't taken everything out of me. One of the better films I've seen in a long time.
Kingsman's church scene ain't got nothing on this
I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this film other than the fact that it made me feel so angry for the main character. People treated him like crap for no reason and it really got to me. I almost turned it off because I was so upset.
Filming itself was really beautiful.
I adore Madds Mikklesen.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…