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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It’s not unusual for children to lie. In adults too, many people’s emotional reactions are translated into physical symptoms which aren’t objective signs of a disease. Children lie to get attention or to elude unpleasant circumstances, but frequent fake complaints may signal a deeper and more serious issue, and need closer behavioral examination. The implausible detail in the film is that teachers firmly stand by the
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.
Forget about robbery, murder or adultery. If you want to destroy someone's reputation, just acuse them of child molestation - it's effective for the rest of their life whether it happened or not. It's mind-blowing how a kid's little white lie can turn into something so heavy, I'm just torn after this.
Vinterberg achieved more than a very good counterpart of Festen. The Hunt, indeed, goes beyond it's perceived theme. It explores the quick devastating effects of when trust suddenly is taken away from a member of a small community. And how a community may choose to close itself and shun an individual. The protection of our children is one of those triggers. We might be looking at our own unfortunate behaviour.
One of the most intense and powerful films I have seen in a long time and a sublime performance from Mads Mikkelsen (who won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas) > definitely a strong contender to win the 2014 Oscar for best foreign language film | ✮✮✮✮✮
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.
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.
This movie serves as a really good postcard for the culture in the nordic countries of Europe (from the scandinavian design of Alvar Aalto seats to the ritual of passage from adolescence to adulthood that comes with having a hunting license) which I appreciated a lot. And then you have this powerful story about people, their mistakes and the complexity in solving them, with Mikkelsen and all the cast working so well!