Foreign Film: The Hunt
01/01/0001, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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A disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen (of Casino Royale and TV’s Hannibal) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former schoolteacher 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 claim of pedophilia throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
“Riveting, propelled by a shattering performance by Mikkelsen as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed. Vinterberg’s best film since The Celebration,” declares The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney, while New York Times film critic Stephen Holden describes the film as “a merciless examination of the fear and savagery roiling just below the surface of bourgeois life… An unspoken question addressed by the movie is why adults so readily believe the claims of confused young children. The self-righteousness of those eager to believe the worst is as galling as it is believable. The movie suggests that the solidarity of the village’s condemnation is a measure of individual uncertainty. It’s a matter of finding safety in numbers.”
Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark | 2012 | 111 minutes | Rated R
Danish with English subtitles
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