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
There is that kind of film that gives us faith in humanity - it assures us that heroes exist and that good will always beat evil. And then there is the kind that strips us of all hope and shows only cruelty. 'Jagten' seems to be just that kind. The nauseating plot, along with the stunning cinematography, create an unforgettable atmosphere, and Mikkelsen's performance really is the core of this film's success.
Really good, and I very much appreciated the intensity. But more than the film itself, I was impressed with Mads Mikkelsen, who I found to be simply phenomenal here. Probably one of my favorite film performances of the past few years, and this comes from someone who usually doesn't focus much on acting at all. I was just floored by his work here, which I feel was essential for the film to work as well as it did.
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