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…
Una presa ammale di 115 minuti
The Hunt doesn't have a whole lot to say, but its few sentiments are delivered with brutal and devastating precision. Its depiction of mass hysteria and how the hivemind can distort the truth is terrifying, something that is only elevated by Mad Mikklesen's phenomenal job here. The cinematography is also eerily captivating, and Vinterberg does a great job at making every character's actions completely logical, given the information they have.
Took two years after it was released, but I finally watched The Hunt. This Danish film grabbed me and kept holding until the end, draining me emotionally in the process. The themes have lingered in my head for a day now. And I'm sure that they'll continue haunting me. Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly cast and performs impeccably in the lead role. As does everyone else.
I went into it completely blind. Haven't read the summary or watched the trailer. Go and do likewise.
Not an easy film to sit through by any means but I'd be inclined to say everybody should watch this, not for the enjoyment factor, but for it's important, grounded message. The film details the collapse of a male teacher's life after one of his young students lies about him sexually assaulting her. Watching his colleagues wrongly accuse him, his friends desert him and his estranged wife take advantage of the situation is frustrating and alienating and I found myself very moved by Mads Mikkelsen's performance. It is, justifiably, the performances that drive this film forward because the photography as a whole is not too astounding but it doesn't have to be when you have such a powerful and important story to tell. The ending is a thought provoking one so if anybody would like to put their opinions forward about it, I'd be inclined to listen.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Thomas trabaja en una guarderia cuidando niños. Una mentira de una niña despechada hara que nada vuelva a ser lo mismo... Desasosegante historia contada con esa frialdad y parsimonia tan nordicas, que convierten la pelicula en algo incomodo, inquietante y cautivador. Gran Mads Mikkelsen, actor que dice mas cuando esta callado y solo mira...
As tight as dramas come, not a second wasted, never a moment spared, this film has you in it's grasp throughout.
The most thrilling thing about the film is that there is no side that is right or wrong, no good or bad. The situation the film depicts escalates through people wanting to do the right thing yet there naivety leads to mistakes, and more harm is caused than good. There's error on all side and it makes for great drama, everything plays into each other with such a tight grasp on pacing and the actors are always running the show.
Just a brilliant film about the consequences of a white lie, and the ongoing damage that will be caused forever.
Quitando la barba postiza del amigo del protagonista, el resto es sobresaliente. Gran atmósfera por momentos de puro terror, atrapa desde el primer minuto.
Completely engrossing and believable. Wonderfully deals with how love can be turned into hate and fear so quickly. A great film for people that enjoy having thought provoking discussions about some fairly unpleasant topics.
- 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 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…