The Hunt

The Hunt

Thomas Vinterberg (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A teacher beginning to get his life back in order following his divorce faces losing everything when one of his pupils falsely accuses him of molesting her. Unable to provide evidence of his innocence, he finds the residents of a community he has lived in all his life swiftly turning against him. Drama, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Bo Larsen. In Danish and English.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Thomas Vinterberg
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Other Information

Language: Danish, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Arrow FilmsGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, brief nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Nov 2012