A middle-aged teacher is slowly piecing his life back together following a divorce and custody battle. He has a new love, a new job and is patching things up with his estranged son. A little white lie is about to shatter his newfound luck.
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Incredibly indicative of our times. Sow the doubt and create pariahs - from guilt by association, willful misinterpretation, the societal development of 'persona non gratas'. Nuanced characterisation remains - you can understand the reasoning behind every character (young girl, teacher, community). Questions regarding vigilantism (street justice without lawful procedure) remain. Vinterberg, Mikkelsen, et al. astound.
I was waiting for Mads to go full-Liam Neeson on the villagers. Great movie, great performances, powerful story, very bold in stating that even when it comes to an hideous crime like child abuse we should take a deep breath before judging and sentencing.
Thomas Vinterberg's formidable talents as a storyteller and métier are on full display in THE HUNT, a film so deceptively simple yet powerful that it will humble even the most cynical filmmaker, critic or viewer! One of the most sophisticated dramas of the last few years. Mads Mikkelsen's performance and Charlotte Bruus Christensen's 'invisible' cinematography deserve special praise.