The Hunt

  • 15
  • Thomas Vinterberg (2012)
  • Den / Swe (SUB)
  • 115 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Fans of Scandi TV crime hits The Killing and The Bridge might well take an interest in this drama, but it's not a big-screen equivalent, rather a timely and intelligent reminder of the dangers of public hysteria. The setting is a small Danish town, where kindergarten worker Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour by one of the children. Other youngsters join in, and soon Lucas is ostracised by the whole community, including best friend Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen), whose little girl is the source of the original charges. It sounds like a thriller, but the film shows early on that Lucas is entirely innocent, and instead creates drama from the ever-escalating nightmare in which he finds himself trapped. The always excellent Mikkelsen gives his best performance yet (he won the best actor prize at Cannes), playing a man who is far from perfect, but never once loses our sympathy. The outcome is genuinely tense, and the whole film offers a worryingly plausible reflection of its time.

Plot Summary

Drama from the director of Festen, starring Mads Mikkelsen. Lucas, a kindergarten teacher, is falsely accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour with one of the children in his care and is abruptly ostracised by the local community. Even those closest to Lucas begin to doubt his innocence, as he becomes trapped in an increasingly nightmarish situation.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lucas
Mads Mikkelsen
Theo
Thomas Bo Larsen
Marcus
Lasse Fogelstrom
Klara
Annika Wedderkopp
Nadja
Alexandra Rapaport
Agnes
Anne Louise Hassing
Grethe
Susse Wold
Bruun
Lars Ranthe

Crew

Director
Thomas Vinterberg

Other Information

Language: 
Danish, English +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Arrow Films
Guidance: 
violence, swearing, a sex scene, brief nudity
Available on DVD
Released 30 Nov 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama