Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Not a lot. Just a slight comment. A random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity. —Trust Nordisk
In addition to rapidly establishing himself as a formidable cinematic talent, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg is notorious for celebrating the idea — via his own career accomplishments and an overall philosophy he has encouraged in others — of utilizing more lightweight film production equipment and smaller budgets, as a stride away from big-studio gigantism. His co-establishment (alongside Lars von Trier) of the Dogme 95 film movement exemplifies this idea.
Born on May 19, 1969, in Copenhagen, Vinterberg graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993 with Last Round under his arm — a student short that garnered a formidable number of honors around the globe for a first-timer, including the Jury Award and the VFF Young Talent Award; it would ultimately receive a 1994 Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short Subject. He went on to helm the short-subject follow-up The Boy Who Walked Backwards (1993) — the sad tale of a Danish boy who internally chastises himself… read more
Magnificent, A masterpiece. The story is heartbreaking, to watch the collapse and to watch out quickly fear and panic can spread in a community. The central performance is exceptional, Mads Mikkelsen provides the everyman quality again, you can feel and feel for his character. The work has a real emotional pull.
La paranoia social es de hecho uno de los puntos más álgidos dentro del tema de los abusos sexuales a menores. Abordar esto implica confrontación, aquello que vuelca tanto a los personajes como al mismo espectador a verse en una encrucijada: obedecer a los prejuicios o apelar a la neutralidad. "The hunt" perturba desde ese sentido, porque cuestiona ese núcleo del prejuicio y cómo este sin querer oculta a su agresor.
This movie reminded me of the process of making sausage and using a meat grinder, which is a compliment. Mads Mikkelsen is one of the best artists working in movies today. He brings such a genuine warmth to the film and he wears the torment physically on his body, brilliant stuff to watch. The last scene for me pushes it just a hair too far but that is one complaint in a movie chalk full of merit.
On second viewing, this time with a capacity audience, I was struck by the sheer power of visual storytelling possessed here. The pacing is formidable with every action having a place and consequence within. The emotional response and reactions of audience was rewarding mirroring the rollercoaster of emotions this viewer partook in on first viewing. Vinterberg's finest work to date alongside 'Celebration'.
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