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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Mads Mikkelsen
Thomas Bo Larsen.
Directors
Thomas Vinterberg.
Screenwriters
Thomas Vinterberg
Tobias Lindholm.
Running Time
115 minutes

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The Hunt
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Plot
Nursery school teacher Lucas (Mikkelsen), recently divorced and living check-by-jowl in a village comprised of his close friends, suddenly finds that same world turning on him when rumours of child abuse start to spread.


Review
The Hunt
Festen director Thomas Vinterberg returns to the subject of sexual abuse with the story of Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a nursery teacher who becomes the victim of a witch-hunt when one of his pupils accuses him of inappropriate behaviour. Cut adrift in a sea of suspicion, Lucas is unable to prove his innocence, even to those he’s known all his life. Mikkelsen won in Cannes for his quietly affecting portrayal of an ordinary man on the wrong end of a devastating accusation, suggesting with chilling plausibility that there are still crimes for which one is considered guilty until proven innocent.


Verdict
Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg's social drama could not be any more timely.


Reviewed by David Hughes


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RE: The Hunt

Thank you :-) ... More

Posted by guysalisbury at 13:48, 16 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Hunt

L: guysalisbury Quick question for you. Who was the guy who takes a shot at him right at the end? hat's never really explained but then again I don't think that particularly matters. Point is, Mikkelsen's character will never be fully absolved of the child abuse charges in the court of public opinion. No matter where he goes there will be people who think he did it. ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:06, 15 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Why just 4 stars?

Quick question for you. Who was the guy who takes a shot at him right at the end? ... More

Posted by guysalisbury at 10:49, 15 July 2013 | Report This Post


Why just 4 stars?

For such a superb and pretty much faultless film, I'm not quite sure why empire has given The Hunt just 4 stars when it surely deserves 5! An excellent and truly gripping potboiler that sinks it's claws deep into you and never lets go! ... More

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Posted by dannyfletch at 20:56, 29 March 2013 | Report This Post


Brilliant

Loved this film. Great performances, a tight and gripping storyline and also one brilliant joke (yes really!)...anyone else think that Lucas' best mate was the most Scandanavian looking man ever to grace a cinema screen? ... More

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Posted by ChudMonkey at 10:17, 03 December 2012 | Report This Post


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