Two impossible questions meet: 1) what is the efficacy of a politics of exclusion? and 2) what are the costs of a society that at once disavows childhood sexuality and opens the symbolic black hole of sexual trauma? The film does nothing but play out these questions with impeccable pacing, acting, cinematography. I'm still trying to figure out what more I could possibly have wanted the film to be.
An emotionally brutal experience, Vinterberg's masterpiece convey's the dangers of rumors, as Lucas' social downfall is as shocking as it is tragic. Mads Mikkelson in particular gives one of his best performances yet in this film. The Hunt is certainly worth viewing, but not for the weak of heart.
Le séduisant Mads Mikkelsen rafle au dernier Festival de Cannes (2012), le Prix d'Interprétation Masculine pour son estimable prestation. Une récompense que l'on pourrait qualifier de superfétatoire, au vu de quelques uns de ses rôles passés, bien plus brillants et remarquables que ce faiblard ersatz scandinave d'un Spencer Tracy langien. www.cinefiches.com
My jaw is hurting from clenching it throughout the entire movie. It deliberately omits information you'd want to know, so the tension builds greatly, making you go through a shitload of emotions. I mostly felt anger. I was only appeased by the beautiful cinematography and the incredible and subtle plot devices of tension relief. My mom cried two times watching this, because of the unfairness of the world.
A hard film to watch, and quite disturbing as it forces the audience to consider how fragile our social standing is. Ultimately a story about society's bad habit of choosing what it wants to believe, and our seeming obsession with the evils of our world. We realize that any of us could be the hunted or those doing the hunting.