The Hunt (2013)
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Mads Mikkelsen (NBC's Hannibal, A ROYAL AFFAIR, CASINO ROYALE) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his
Jul 12, 2013 Limited
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site
Known for his often icy and violent characters, Mikkelsen impresses here as a warm-hearted man who finds himself caught up in a situation way beyond his control.
Thomas Vinterberg's best film since "Festen" is an unsettling psychological drama built around a harrowing performance from Mads Mikkelsen.
The story is as chilling as the snow-dusted Christmas-time setting; it is measured, non-sensational and takes a sobering, slow-burn look at the way people behave when their common sense is replaced by hysteria.
Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly cast as a man unfairly accused of child abuse in writer/director Thomas Vinterberg's cautionary tale about small town mob justice. But like the film, there is something cold and clinical about it.
...watching an intelligent discourse on such a tricky subject makes for engrossing drama, even if it comes at the expense of our protagonist: a good man stranded in the void between moral panic and due process.
This is unshakeable storytelling, which is fitting for a film that reveals how certain damage can never be undone.
A superb performance from Madds Mikkelsen lies at the heart of this chilling tale of a small Danish community turning on an innocent man.
To call The Hunt gripping would be like calling Annie Hall funny. It is, but it's also so much more than that.
Nuanced but robust, the screenplay is a masterclass in exposition, drama, character portraiture - and cinema. It is also a vivid warning to society that yes, 'thought is a virus' that can maim and even kill
Mikkelsen delivers yet another superlative performance ... The film builds to a stunning crescendo, playing out in the candle-lit church on Christmas Eve with heartbreaking conviction. But there is more to come, in a chilling postscript
Its genius is the way that it uses the most horrendous of subject matters to explore the gravest issues of trust.
This is a deeply intelligent, profoundly moving and often harrowing illustration of why reports of - and investigations into - sex abuse, need to be handled with the sort of care afforded to genuine victims.
Humans do terrible things to one another. In The Hunt, Vinterberg believes we can do right too.
Immensely powerful in its invocation of the true meaning of Christian charity and its symbolism.
The Hunt is a terrifying film, anchored by Mikkelsen's poignantly poised turn and saturated with uncomfortable truths about society, childhood and our susceptibility to mass hysteria.
The last moments of the film elicited gasps from several people in the audience.
Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic as the bewildered and honourable Lucas, while the rest of the main cast are equally believable.
A misogynistic little soap opera, it's beautifully acted, yes, but silly to the bone.
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