The Hunt details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrom, Susse Wold, Anne Louise Hassing, Lars Ranthe, Alexandra Rapaport|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||March - World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Mar 2013|
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Thomas Vintenberg has directed a near perfect film, a gripping and deeply emotional film.By Tarumatu (40 reviews) from Brighton, England , 19 Nov 2012
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[Highly rated reviewer]Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a teacher at a school for young children. Lucas is well know to the small community in which he lives, he has many friends and is well liked. But this soon changes when he is wrongly accused of a crime.
Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen) is Lucass best friend, and hes not coping too well with family life. Theos troubled young daughter Klara (Annika Wedderkopp) seeks solace in Lucas and his dog Fanny. Karla oversteps their friendship with an innocent kiss, Lucas carefully rebuffs her but she interprets it as a rejection. Klara concocts a story that Lucas abused her, telling the headmistress Grethe (Susse Wold) who believes her story. Grethe mismanages the situation catastrophically, and soon the whole community turns on Lucas. The family interrogate Karla several times but rather than believe her lies they put words in her mouth when she doesnt know what to say. Worst still, Grethe informs all the parents to look for signs of trauma in their children, and suddenly everyone begins to see signs of abuse that were never there, cue mass hysteria.
We are forced to watch an innocent man bullied, persecuted and ostracised because of the nature of the accusation pointed against him. Added to Lucass demise is Klaras position, shes since said to her parents on many occasions that Lucas was innocent, but they refuse to believe. This is a world where the innocence of a child is never in question, and its an interesting tactic by director Thomas Vintenberg to show the accuser in a negative light, especially one so young. The opposite is the case for Lucas, who is shown as diligently honest and trustworthy. Lucas is helpless, whether he reacts or not he is seen as the guilty party. Only one person managed to listen to reason throughout the mass hysteria, his close friend Bruun (Lars Ranthe) offering Lucas unwavering support and some much needed pitch-black humour to cope with his ordeal.
Lucas ordeal reveals a community who are quick to resort to illogical and degenerate behaviours. Watching the story unfold is unbearably tense and extremely powerful. Yet nobody is demonized in the film, everyone has their own understandable motivations and this only increases the tension you feel. Facts are based on lies, gossip and innuendo, not to mention the power adults have over their children. Its also indicative of the herd mentality not only of adults but also of children. The men in the community are all particularly close, they all including Lucas bonded week in week out like a band of brothers. To see all but one of them betray and bully Lucas remorselessly must have been traumatic, seeing Theo side with his daughter over him must have been devastating.
The acting by the cast is superb, Mads Mikkelsen gives a deeply humanistic and scarring performance. Annika Wedderkopp handles a difficult part with an amazing maturity for one so young . Thomas Vintenberg has directed a near perfect film, a gripping and deeply emotional film which will challenge and upset you but is sure to touch a nerve. You realise that this dark and terribly cynical film may be harsh, but its ultimately an indication that its all so very truthful and realistic, such is the world we live in.
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Great FilmBy Heavybreather (12 reviews) from East Midlands , 19 Aug 2013Great film on an issue that concerns men deeply. I really don't know if I would have the strength to carry on in the same circumstances.
Better English subtitles pleaseBy FranMoviefan (3 reviews) , 14 Aug 2013I did enjoy this film, but it would have been so much better in my view if the English subtitles had kept up with the Danish dialogue, they were too 'spare' and appeared incomplete. A shame, I just loved A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelson and had no problem there.
Haunting and totally compellingBy a customer , 13 Aug 2013Not for the faint hearted, but is a must see film. I just know this film is going to stay with me. I felt myself more and more drawn in as the film progressed, its a deeply emotional subject handled in a realistic way,and the cast are all superb.
Questions your own trust in people.By Mattlovesfilm (3 reviews) , 07 Aug 2013This is a frighteningly believable and brilliant film. I thought it showed the fragility of trust between even the closest of friends particularly convincingly. Mads Mikkelsen is completely captivating on screen and is one of my favourite actors of the moment, ever since seeing him in 'Flame and Citron'
The HuntBy MattyC1983 (1 review) , 07 Aug 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is a particularly gripping watch. I think a large part of this comes from my profession. Working in education, The Hunt is a nightmare. Its content, its story, the journey is a nightmare into which you are invited. It leaves you bound and helpless...you know the facts, you know the truth but you are unable to do anything about it. Its this that holds you from the start of the film to the credits. The plot revolves around Lucas, a nursey school worker who is implicated in an act of sexual abuse on a child. As the viewer we know that this allegation is false, yet it plays on society's reaction to find out that such an act had taken place in your community. Despite Lucas's standing in the town, his collegues and friends we watch as the lie spreads like wildfire, is picked up by people who had no knowledge of the situation and as Lucas's life falls apart. The hook is that as a viewer you watch fighting against the fact that you know all the angles and know that the allegation is false...yet, if it was your child's school...your friend...could you stay objective?This is a particularly difficult watch for someone in my profession, because it takes one lie, one angry child and as we see...lifes are ruined forever. It scares me. Story aside, The Hunt plays out beautifully on screen and Mads Mikkelsen holds the lead role very well. I'll admit I didnt really care for him too much in Casino Royale, there were far more memorable Bond villains, but here, in his native surroundings...he is brilliant. The allegory of the hunt of a deer is a pertinent one. In a place like Denmark, the USA, Canada where hunting is a sport, even a past time, as a deer in the woods, you are marked for life. You spend your days wandering in the dappled sunlight, foraging and going about your buisness...yet the title of trophy, prey and something to shoot at will always be with you. Some might say that the neat summative ending of The Hunt is a cop out...too tidy...especially given the tension and rising pressure that is wielded throughout the film. I see this view, but given the distress and anguish that I'd been party to throughout, I dont think I could have stood for any other end. Perhaps this marks me out as a poor film viewer...wanting the neat ending rather than pushing the envelope...if so, its a title I'll have to live with.