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.
A brilliant move on the part of Director Thomas Vinterberg to go in the direction that he did with this film! Rather than keep us in the dark as to whether or not a crime had been committed he laid all of his cards on the table leaving no doubt whatsoever as to the innocence of this man!
By doing so we saw, felt, and anguished over the many injustices that wrongfully took place against this teacher, friend and neighbor from a small town where everyone knows everyone by name!
It in essence allowed us to walk in Lucas's shoes! And it was a truly devastating and emotionally draining experience! His journey became our journey and I can only hope…
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 am a confirmed misanthropist
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A really fantastic movie, telling a terrible, but sadly not fictionous story about modern witch-hunting ...
An emotionally roller-coaster ride, and amazing acting.
That scene in the end, where the two friends meet again almost destroyed me ...
The story of a quiet man, working in a school, who is falsely accused of abusing children doesn't sound like thrilling watch, but in the hands of Thomas Vinterberg this is an absorbing and unsettling film, with a towering performance from Mads Mikkleson at the centre. If this was a Hollywood film you can imagine how exploitative it could have been, but what we have here is a quietly devastating drama that will stay with you for a long time.
Those soft zooms! and Madds!
Mads Mikkelsen gave his best and the most brilliant performance of his acting career. This enthralling thriller/drama film was superbly written. It was powerful, intense and disturbing sometimes. Also, I had deep sympathy with Mads' character. It was heartbreaking to watch. You need to see this film from start to finish because it will leave a mark in your memory and will sink its claws into your back.
Powerful and well acted, The Hunt is the best foreign movie of 2012 (sorry, Amour fans) and one of the best of the year, a film that is able to efficiently transmit the devastation of the main character in a tragic story.
This modern masterpiece's is the equivalent of drowning. You start of skimming on the surface, enjoying life knowing that you are safe. There's no reason this day in the pool will be any different. However, something starts to slowly drag you under. You can't see it. You don't feel it. It's all around you, but you don't know it's there. Suddenly the force grows stronger. It has you by the legs, and like that, you're trapped in a vortex. Everything spins out of proportion. You have no idea what is going on. You can fight it and you start to, but it's too late. You're already in too deep. You're head dips below the surface of the water and everything…
Made me quit my job in school.
One year later part was awful.
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