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The Hunt (2012)

Jagten (original title)
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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.

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Thomas Vinterberg

Writers:

Tobias Lindholm (screenplay), Thomas Vinterberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... Lucas
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Theo
Annika Wedderkopp Annika Wedderkopp ... Klara
Lasse Fogelstrøm Lasse Fogelstrøm ... Marcus
Susse Wold ... Grethe
Anne Louise Hassing Anne Louise Hassing ... Agnes
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Bruun
Alexandra Rapaport ... Nadja
Sebastian Bull Sarning Sebastian Bull Sarning ... Torsten
Steen Ordell Guldbrand Jensen Steen Ordell Guldbrand Jensen ... Lars T
Daniel Engstrup Daniel Engstrup ... Johan
Troels Thorsen Troels Thorsen ... Bent
Søren Rønholt Søren Rønholt ... Big Carsten
Hana Shuan Hana Shuan ... Tiny
Jytte Kvinesdal Jytte Kvinesdal ... Inger
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Storyline

Lucas is a Kindergarten teacher who takes great care of his students. Unfortunately for him, young Klara has a run-away imagination and concocts a lie about her teacher. Before Lucas is even able to understand the consequences, he has become the outcast of the town. The hunt is on to prove his innocence before it's taken from him for good. Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The lie is spreading.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including a graphic image, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish | English | Polish

Release Date:

10 January 2013 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hunt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,045, 14 July 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$687,185

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,309,793
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as the first Danish-language film in the main competition since 1998. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Lucas: What are you saying? Have you got something to tell me?
Agnes: Stop it, Lucas.
Lucas: You want to tell me something?
Theo: Relax, Lucas.
Lucas: The whole town is listening. Tell me! What do you want to say?
Agnes: Stop it, you fucking psychopath!
Lucas: I want a word with Theo. Look into my eyes. Look me in the eyes. What do you see? Do you see anything? Nothing. There's nothing. There's nothing. You leave me alone now. You leave me alone now, Theo. Then I'll go. Thank you.
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Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
[written by] Michael Praetorius (as Praetorius)
[performed by ] Wiener Sängerknaben
[conducted by] Peter Marshik (as Peter Marschik)
(p) Naxos Danmark
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Who would have thought a Danish Art House film could be so thoroughly gripping?
6 March 2013 | by HawkensianSee all my reviews

'The Hunt' is a truly accomplished film, its simple premise and themes are executed perfectly. The film is hugely engrossing and completely and utterly infuriating, which is a testament to the merits of its acting, direction, script and hyper-realism.

The film follows Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a lonely primary school teacher who relishes his job and is popular with both the children and the local community. Just as he meets Nadja (Alexandra Rapaport) and begins a relationship with her, his relationship with another woman, 5-year-old Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), lands him in immeasurable trouble. What happens is a completely innocuous misunderstanding, but the community, the 'adults' who are supposed to be rational and fair, turn into a lynch mob.

The film is about the danger of mass-hysteria, ignorance and subsequently the frightening power of numbers. It teaches the importance of measure and consideration; it's a much needed anecdote to the sensational vilification, general ignorance and trashy media that permeates our lives.

It's the scare-mongering, amoral tabloids that help in empowering the dangerously ignorant lynch-mobs that arise whenever someone screams 'paedophile!' or 'woman beater!' These lynch-mobs normally consist of pugnacious, dreadful people who enjoy drama and violence rather than actually care about their cause.

The film is intelligently and thoughtfully written. The girl is by no means vindictive; as much as you want to vent your anger, she's clearly far too young to understand what is happening. It's the 'adults' who display their stupidity, their total lack of reasoning and fairness left me indignant for the entirety of the running time and subsequently the whole evening – the film really works.

There is a palpable sense of danger throughout the film, you genuinely fear for Lucas' life; seldom have I empathised with a character so dearly. Who would've thought a Danish Art House film could be so thoroughly gripping?

'The Hunt' is a thought provoking, tactful and important film that should be seen by as many people as possible. It's one of the best films of 2012.

www.hawkensian.com


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