THE HUNT (2013)

Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, the Danish film THE HUNT is a deeply disturbing and tragic story of how an innocent life is turned upside down by the accusations of a child who cried wolf. 


Having gone through a number of difficult changes, including a recent divorce and the loss of his teaching job, Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is starting to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Finding a position at the local kindergarten, he is beloved by the students and by his friends in the small village where he lives. 


But things radically change when an emotionally damaged young girl accuses him of inappropriate sexual behavior. There is no question that this is untrue, but that doesn’t stop the community from turning against him as he tries to defend himself from the baseless accusation. 


He tries to maintain his dignity assuming that the truth will come out and he’ll be cleared, but as the situation compounds itself, he is pushed to his wits end. 


THE HUNT is an emotionally taxing film to watch as Lucas’ life continues to spiral down a dark pit of despair. Already wounded, he is a dog being repeatedly kicked while already dead. 


Already a top-notch actor, Mikkelsen gives one of his finest performances and it’s a surprise and shame that he was not nominated in the Best Actor category. Gorgeously shot, the film is also powerfully directed and written. Films like GRAVITY put you on the edge of your seat with spectacle, but it’s films like THE HUNT that put you there with raw human emotion. 


Even though it’s a challenging subject to watch and thematically oppressive, THE HUNT is riveting and well-made and I can’t recommend it enough.

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FEBRUARY 22, 2014