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The Hunt (2012)

With Festen (1998), director Thomas Vinterberg made a very impressive movie. Even though it was shot cheaply on DV cameras it’s story was one you would not be able to forget soon as it’s about a family get together and the dark past of the father of the family who abused his children. With The Hunt Vinterberg again has made a very interesting and provocative movie about abuse, but this one’s about someone who is wrongfully accused of it.

Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) works at a day care center and is always having fun with the kids. One of the kids is the daughter of his best friend, who tells the boss of the daycare center that Lucas has done something unappropriate. Even though this is not true it shows the way such a little lie can quickly unwind into something which can destroy lives, simply because of the reaction of those trying to find out if it’s true and putting words into the mouth of child and what happens if parents and police get involved. Lucas suddenly sees his life being torn apart, with almost no one believing him. Even his friends don’t trust him anymore and even doing his grocery shopping becomes a difficult thing.

Abuse is a difficult and sensitive subject to make a movie about, but Vinterberg has done an amazing job. Lucas becomes a “hunted” person and it shows how difficult it is to get rid of the ideas others might have about you. Mads Mikkelsen plays the character perfectly, initially sure of himself and reacting in control, but as his normal life get pulled away from him starting to feel unsure of how to react to things. At the same time you also understand why people around him would react the way they do, because as a parent I’d probably react the same. You assume that those who tell you what has happened have looked at the case and are sure about what they tell. The Hunt is a movie that will move you and think about the effect a situation like this can have on everyone involved. Worth checking out!

Category: Drama, Movies
  • keith7198 says:

    Definitely plan on seeing this. Mikkelson is one of my favorite actors and very underrated. Looking forward to it even more now!

    November 1, 2012 at 7:04 am
    • Nostra says:

      Well worth seeing!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:27 am
  • cinenemablog says:

    Did you see The Door, with Mikkelson? It’s very very good.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:39 am
    • Nostra says:

      No, I don’t think I’ve seen much of his work. Will note it down!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 am
  • ruth says:

    Hey, we were just talking about Mads Mikkelsen on the Bond villain post yesterday. This sounds interesting, he’s quite an underrated actor, glad to see him playing a normal guy for a change.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm
    • Nostra says:

      What a coincedence. I must admit I wouldn’t be able to name other movies he’s been in, but he impressed me in this one.

      November 5, 2012 at 8:35 am
  • fernandorafael says:

    Nice post. The premise reminded me a lot about Atonement. I’ll try to check this one out. Loved Festen.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:44 am
    • Nostra says:

      Have not seen Atonement, so I can’t compare it to that. This movie is worth seeing though.

      November 5, 2012 at 8:35 am
      • fernandorafael says:

        Thanks, I’ll try to check it out as I’m a big fan of Festen. You should seek out Atonement. It’s fantastic.

        November 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm
        • Nostra says:

          Have added it to my (ever growing) to watch list :)

          November 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm
  • mistylayne says:

    This sounds pretty excellent, I’ll add it to my list.

    November 18, 2012 at 4:29 am
    • Nostra says:

      Great to hear!

      November 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

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