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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 overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... Lucas
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Theo
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 ... 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 ... Tiny
Jytte Kvinesdal Jytte Kvinesdal ... Inger
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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

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The lie is spreading.

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

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Denmark's official submission to the Foreign Language Film category of the 2014 Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

After Theo is hit by Lucas in the church he has a black eye. The same night he visits his daughter Klara in her bedroom his eye is normal again. Later Theo visits Lucas and his injury is visible again. See more »

Quotes

Theo: The world is full of evil but if we hold on to each other, it goes away.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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I Was Not To You What You Were To Me
Written by Andi Almqvist
Performed by Andi Almqvist
Courtesy of Zentropa Music
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The scary thing is that this could happen to almost anyone...
18 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One of my favorite foreign language films it Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" ("Festen"). It's an absorbing tale about sexual abuse--abuse that comes out during a birthday party for a beloved family patriarch. Now, with "The Hunt" ("Jagten"), Vinterberg directs a film where quite the opposite happens--a man is accused of sexual abuse but who is 100% innocent. Had the director always done films denying sexual abuse, folks might have thought him strange but here the brave director allows himself to go in a completely different direction with his movie.

In his film, Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a divorced father who works at a kindergarten. He seems like a genuinely nice man and is trying to get his life together. He has a new girlfriend, his son wants to come live with him and he has no reason to expect what happens. A very young girl is shown some pornographic material by some older boys and later in passing she tells another teacher that she has seen Lucas' penis when she actually didn't. Some folks investigate and ask leading questions--and suddenly there is a bit of hysteria as the community assumes Lucas is guilty--even his so-called friends. And, no matter what he does, he cannot PROVE he never did anything.

So is the film any good? Well, based on it now being on IMDb's Top 250 list (at number 133), it's obvious a lot of folks loved the film. With a current score of 8.3, it's not at all surprising it would be nominated for the Oscar. As for me, I thought the film was terrific and thought-provoking. It made its point very well by using VERY vivid scenes involving the community literally tormenting Lucas. You can't help but feel affected by the drama--thanks to the script by Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg himself.

I did have one problem with the film--and this is why I didn't score it a 10. Although I think such a theme is great stuff for older kids and teens to watch with their folks, there are a few graphic scenes that were unnecessary for the film and which would probably make many of these parents not show the movie to their families. I think the kids need to see the violence against Lucas but the sex scene and photo weren't really needed in the film. A very light trimming would have made this a great film for ages 12 and older. Now, because it's rated R in the US, it's unlikely these younger viewers would get to see it. This film needs to be seen by a wide audience as it's very, very well made and worth seeing.

By the way, in many ways, this film is like a dramatization of what occurred in the very famous McMartin Pre-School case here in America. Apparently, some very unqualified interviewers screwed up a case and soon had half the school accused of sexual abuse. Some of the stories they reported were downright insane (such as their victimizers being able to fly). Many folks were prosecuted and only later did folks realize what had occurred--a serious rush to judgment. And, as there was no real proof, the accused were all acquitted--but only after years and years of investigations and trials. And, in one case, one of the accused spent five years in jail despite no ultimate conviction.

Also, if you are curious about me, I used to work with sexual abuse victims and perpetrators as a therapist. I am NOT minimizing sexual abuse claims in my review of the film. Too many women are ignored or treated like dirt when they are victims--I've seen this myself. It's just the unqualified and irresponsible interviews with very small children that bothers me. I've worked with many folks in the field and saw that most interviewers (at least back in the 1980s and 90s) were woefully untrained and potentially dangerous because of this.


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Release Date:

10 January 2013 (Denmark) See more »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,045, 14 July 2013

Gross USA:

$613,308

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,812,352
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