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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.

Director:

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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Drama

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

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Trivia

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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Moondance
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
© Warner/Chappell Music
(p) Warner Music
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Emotionally draining but truly moving "ripped from the headlines" story
3 October 2012 | by larry-411See all my reviews

"The Hunt" is the latest unflinching drama from Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg. Co-written with Tobias Lindholm, this is an ambitious star vehicle for legendary actor Mads Mikkelsen, an icon in Denmark and familiar face around the world as well. He plays Lucas, a small-town kindergarten teacher. At its heart the story is ultimately a powerful comment on prejudice, based on true incidents, that may leave you emotionally drained but truly moved.

To delve into the plot here would reveal too much. So I'll just say that the film is quite dark and deals with some very difficult subject matter that can be very hard to watch at times. I'll leave it to you to decide if you want to be more aware of the details by looking up a basic synopsis.

This is essentially a one-man show. While supporting cast members are all up to the challenge, Lucas is on on screen virtually every moment of the movie and its overall success rises or falls on his believability. Mikkelsen's delicately underplayed characterization of a man under fire likely won't be appreciated or understood by all viewers. His restrained performance is remarkable and does much to make The Hunt a haunting, memorable experience. Among the children, Annika Wedderkopp's portrayal of Klara is frighteningly brilliant. She steals every scene she's in.

The physical beauty of the production belies the ugliness beneath. Natural lighting is used to match the heights and depths of the kindergarten children's emotions. Their innocence is reflected in its intensity. When surrounded by love, they are glowing. The color palette is warm and inviting. As fear rises, they appear in shadow. The tableau turns increasingly darker as the narrative does.

This is a very quiet and thoughtful experience in many ways. Nikolaj Egelund's score is sparse. Editors Janus Billeskov Jansen and Anne Østerud keep the pace measured and deliberate. The focus is on the story. Long takes without dialogue are quite effective as so much is said in the eyes, in the faces, of Lucas, the kids, and townsfolk. Cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen allows the lush landscape of the Danish countryside to lull the viewer into a sense of peace, in contrast with the turmoil just under the surface, ready to jump out like a demon in a horror film. But these are real life nightmares, not the product of a genre writer's imagination, which chill to the bone.

Hollywood could never touch this subject and have anywhere near the impact. Backed independently by Swedish and Danish production companies, director Vinterberg actually intended to set and shoot the picture in Canada but better tax incentives and financing led him back to his native country of Denmark. It doesn't matter, though. This is the kind of isolated little village that can be found anywhere in the world.

"The Hunt" was easily the saddest film I've seen all year but in a cathartic way that only a great work of art can accomplish. It's a gritty and hard-hitting statement on our judgmental society that pulls no punches in its recounting of a controversial ripped-from-the-headlines story, repeated all too often in recent history, that's both poignant and polarizing in its authenticity.

It was difficult for me to hold back tears during the screening. I broke down several times. Many will be touched by certain scenes more than others, but "The Hunt" is one of the most affecting and emotional films I've ever seen and one of the best of 2012.


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Country:

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Release Date:

10 January 2013 (Denmark) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,045, 14 July 2013

Gross USA:

$613,308

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,843,274
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2.35 : 1
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