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community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely battle for his life and dignity.
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Lucas is a 42-year-old, recently divorced kindergarten teacher living in an unnamed small Danish community. His lonely and quiet life turns into a nightmare when 6-year-old girl Klara, one of the children at the kindergarten and Lucas's best friend Theo's daughter, tells an innocent lie. Shunned by most of the community as a child molester, and even harassed to the point of being terrorized, Lucas is driven to the edge of despair.
"The Hunt" (in original Danish "Jagten") is a difficult film to sit through, but is a rewarding experience nonetheless. Self-deception and mass psychology have been taken up in films, but the result is rarely as chilling as the nerve-shattering story that is realistic and unpredictable.
What makes the film compelling is the superb performance of Mads Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen, known as Le Chiffre of "Casino Royale," is simply fascinating as Lucas, a warm-hearted man accused of what he did not do. Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration") directs the film with confidence, building up tension incredibly high as he keeps the story moving along. A must-see.
1. Nothing is black or white, there are shades of grey. It's easy to take things for granted and especially if other people do it. (find out about the Lucifer Effect by Zimbardo after you see the movie, but you don't need to know all that to enjoy the movie)
2. Often the best people pay as they are taken advantage of.
3. I have to find more movies as good as this.
A must see, great actors and really compelling film making and story. Wow.
Couple of comments: first and foremost, this movie demonstrates how a young child unknowingly can cause destruction of a life and of a community. It is a very difficult issue, as of course we tend to believe what young kids tell us, since they have no reason to lie, right? Except that at such a young age, young kids may not yet fully comprehend the difference between telling the truth and telling lies, or at least certainly they cannot fully anticipate or comprehend the consequences of their actions. Second, the acting in this movie is outstanding throughout, none more so that Mad Mikkelsen as the accused sexual offender. Mikkelsen also excelled in last year's "A Royal Affair", another outstanding movie from Denmark. No surprise that he won the Best Actor award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (where this movie premiered).Read more ›
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I like Mads Mikkelsen in anything (especially Unit one), but this is a hard movie to watch because of the difficulty of his situation.Published 1 month ago by hkb
Beautiful and haunting. I had some reservations going into this movie and knowing what it was about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tahni J
This is a gorgeous movie, well constructed, well filmed, well cast, well written, well acted. But there's no denying that "The Hunt" is Mads Mikkelson's movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Raven
An intimate and devastating study of how a little girl's misunderstanding and momentary dislike of a teacher turns into a witch hunt against an innocent man accused of molesting... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Viva