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The Hunt -- A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.


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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mads Mikkelsen ... Lucas

Thomas Bo Larsen ... Theo
Annika Wedderkopp ... Klara
Lasse Fogelstrøm ... Marcus
Susse Wold ... Grethe
Anne Louise Hassing ... Agnes
Lars Ranthe ... Bruun

Alexandra Rapaport ... Nadja
Sebastian Bull Sarning ... Torsten
Steen Ordell Guldbrand Jensen ... Lars T
Daniel Engstrup ... Johan
Troels Thorsen ... Bent
Søren Rønholt ... Big Carsten
Hana Shuan ... Tiny
Jytte Kvinesdal ... Inger
Josefine Gråbøl ... Kindergarden Teacher
Bjarne Henriksen ... Ole
Nicolai Dahl Hamilton ... Owner of convenient store
Øyvind Hagen-Traberg ... Butcher
Allan Wibor Christensen ... Butcher's assistant (as Allan Wibor 'Killer' Christensen)
Rikke Bergmann ... Cashier at the convenient store
Rasmus Lind Rubin ... Pede
Frank Rubæk ... Elias
Jacob Højlev Jørgensen ... Erik
Nina Christrup ... Bruun's 1. sister
Birgit Petersen ... Bruun's 2. sister
Karina Fogh Holmkjær ... Ulla
Heidi Gross ... Wife of Big Carsten
Marie Aktor ... Wife of Tiny
Mona C. Soliman ... Wife of Bent (as Mona Soliman)
Mie Ravn Nielsen ... Wife of Lars T
Kim Westi ... Police officer 1
Thomas Ravn ... Police officer 2
Katrine Brygmann ... Kirsten
Rosa ... Fanny the dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Boserup ... Forælder (uncredited)

Ole Dupont ... Godsejer / Advokat (uncredited)

Thomas Vinterberg ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Vinterberg 
Writing credits
Tobias Lindholm (screenplay) and
Thomas Vinterberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Jessica Ask .... co-producer
Karen Bentzon .... line producer
Madeleine Ekman .... co-producer
Mette Høst Hansen .... post-production producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen .... producer
Morten Kaufmann .... producer
Elin Lennartsson .... line producer: Sweden
Meredith Alfred Lytton .... executive producer (as Meredith King)
Charlotte Pedersen .... co-producer
Martin Persson .... co-producer
Thomas Vinterberg .... producer
Original Music by
Nikolaj Egelund 
Cinematography by
Charlotte Bruus Christensen 
Film Editing by
Janus Billeskov Jansen 
Anne Østerud 
Production Design by
Torben Stig Nielsen 
Set Decoration by
Rasmus Balslev-Olesen 
Costume Design by
Manon Rasmussen 
Makeup Department
Deirdre Fitzgerald .... assistant makeup artist
Bettina Lervig .... hair stylist
Bjørg Serup .... makeup & hair designer
Production Management
Henrik Berthelsen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Hingebjerg .... first assistant director
Mette Kjærgaard .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sidse Færk .... propman
Karsten Noel Poulsen .... property master
Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound designer
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... supervising sound editor
Henric Andersson .... sound recordist
Katharina Bormann .... post sound facility coordinator
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor
Torben Greve .... foley artist
Anne Jensen .... foley recordist
Morten Bak Jensen .... boom operator
Per Dybdal Jensen .... post sound assistant
Thomas Jæger .... sound editor
Christian Lund .... sound master (as Christian Howard Lund)
Lars Lund .... boom operator
Kristoffer Salting .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Mark Hedegaard .... sfx technician
Carl Oscar Høimark .... key sfx assistant (as Carl-Oscar Højmark)
Hummer Højmark .... sfx coordinator (as Hummer Høimark)
Visual Effects by
Ian Bach .... compositing
Michael Holm .... visual effects
Lars Werner Nielsen Lalo .... supervisor: vfx
Martin Madsen .... visual effects supervisor
Dann Damgaard Sandgreen .... digital compositor
Jacob Thorndahl .... visual effects assistant
Dennis Albrethsen .... stunt coordinator (as Dennis Albrechtsen)
Allan Wibor Christensen .... stunts
Johanne Bønneland Hingebjerg .... stunts
Anders Nylander Thomsen .... stunts (as Anders Thomsen)
Camera and Electrical Department
Per Arnesen .... still photographer
Mikkel T. Bentzen .... lighting technician
Søren Berthelin .... focus puller
Kasper Loft Bylov .... b focus puller
Andy Cole .... gaffer
Jonathan Reim Eskildsen .... electrician
Jonathan Go-Matsushima .... lighting technician
Thomas Holm Deleurang .... focus puller
Mette Hougaard Kristensen .... electrician
Andreas Krohn .... focus puller
Kasper Kruuse-Jensen .... electrician
Josef Lopez .... lighting technician
Tony Lorentzen .... digital imaging technician
David Medina .... electrician
John Frimann Rasmussen .... focus puller
Gabriel Stefan .... electrician
Simon Sumborg .... video assistant
Peter Juncker Sørensen .... electrician
Laust Trier-Mørk .... photographer: second unit
Jesper Tøffner .... cinematographer: second unit
Michael Tøt .... key grip
Casting Department
Tanja Grunwald .... casting
Anita Juel Lystbæk .... extras casting
Jens Næsland .... extras casting
Jette Termann .... casting
Sara Törnkvist .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Nordahl Axelsen .... costume trainee
Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen .... key costumer
Stine Terp .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Jesper Bækdal .... avid assistant
Gregers Dohn .... trailer editor
Tanya Fallenius .... assistant editor
Lárus Ren Gudbjörnsson .... on-line editor
Rasmus Lange .... graphics
Thomas Therchilsen .... digital colorist
Lars Therkelsen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Morten Groth Brandt .... music scoring mixer
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Richard Hein .... conductor
Jan Holzner .... orchestra recording engineer
Johan Krarup .... musician: cello
Jørgen Lauritsen .... orchestrator
Mikkel Maltha .... music supervisor
Jens Runge .... musician: guitar
Other crew
Maria Stevnbak Andersen .... production coordinator (as Maria Andersen)
Annika Appelin .... script supervisor
Camilla Brem .... script research
Kasper Dissing .... producers asssistant
Christoffer Harding .... location scout
Sidsel Hybschmann .... associate producer
Peter Janum .... set runner
Tobias Christian Jensen .... social media (as Tobias Jensen)
Carina Svendsgaard Jeppesen .... runner (as Carina Jeppesen)
Simon Lytting .... technical supervisor
Line Plougsbæk .... producers asssistant
Jacob-Ole Remming .... location manager
Janus Schumacher .... producers asssistant
Clara Thyssen .... assistant to producer
Niclas Caroc Warner .... producers asssistant
Vinca Wiedemann .... story supervisor
Nicolas Wollesen .... runner
Phill Zagajewski .... stage manager

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Also Known As:
"Jagten" - Denmark (original title)
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Rated R for sexual content including a graphic image, violence and language
115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Denmark's official submission to the Foreign Language Film category of the 2014 Academy Awards.See more »
Continuity: When Marcus goes to see Bruun and they are in his kitchen, in one shot Bruun has a towel over his shoulder; in the next shot, he is shown actually putting the towel there.See more »
Theo:The world is full of evil but if we hold on to each other, it goes away.See more »
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Featured in The 86th Annual Academy Awards (2014) (TV)See more »
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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Finding His Way In The Forest, 3 September 2013
Author: fonofanatical from United States

Here in the small town where I reside, our local newspaper had a recent headline that a beloved teacher was suspected of improper contact with a student. The article was complete along with his picture and I felt that this teacher's life was over as he knew it whether the information was accurate or false. I felt that I would withhold judgement pending an accurate and a detailed investigation, but I know that others would not give the teacher this courtesy. Human nature is an interesting thing to observe and we often get trapped in our own snares with comments such as "I really can't tolerate judgemental people".

Recently I saw another Danish movie "The Hijacking" and was so impressed with it, that I sought out this movie as it was also a highly regarded project. I'm glad I did. The movie reflected the idea of a rush to judgement and all the implications of how society reacts when information is inaccurately reinforced.

The title of the movie, "The Hunt" is symbolic of Lucas's hunt for justice, but also feeling like the hunted. It begins with friends at a hunting camp drinking & celebrating but this hunt is all a metaphor for Lucas's life. Perhaps it was best expressed when his son got a family heirloom hunting rifle and it was said that now he was old enough to find his way in the forest. "The Hunt" is really about such a journey and the forest was thick with assumptions, accusations, hatred, betrayal, and a host of other thorns, briars, branches and such things to trip up the journey. Having felt like he was being hunted through a community's narrow rifle scope of understanding, Lucas's idea of hunting is ultimately altered....and believably so.

Vinterberg does a masterful job of story telling and in such a way that we hear a morality tale. Yes, many times the information we are told in the news is correct. But what if it isn't? What price is paid by the victim and his/her family? If you want to watch a movie that is different from the typical Hollywood variety and gives you reason to search more deeply before believing what you see and hear, watch "The Hunt" and see if you would find your way through the same forest that Lucas traveled. Few of us would be able to do so....

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