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on 14 January 2013
The path taken by the outstanding Mads Mikkelsen's character Lukas is Job-like in his apparent fall from grace. From a warm, familial opening with the menfolk of the community skinny-dipping in an icy lake to a fractured, mistrusted outcast, the journey is intense and thoroughly moving. The naturalistic acting and script is superlative and the performance from the 5 year old playing Klara is exceptional.
From a 'few foolish words' from Klara, Lukas' world is torn apart as he is wrongly-accused of child abuse. Every performance in this film crackles with energy yet is finely nuanced. The direction is superb; all autumnal hues and a tense 'what-will-happen-next?' constantly bubbling beneath the surface. Most importantly, you really care about the characters, one way or the other.
The Hunt could be seen as a companion piece to Vinterberg's Dogme Manifesto film 'Festen' but in my opinion is even more successful in exposing the horrors of human nature, family bonds and a very modern media-fueled hysteria. In simplistic terms, the moral is 'mud sticks' yet the complexities on display here are intelligent and deeply heart-felt.
Without a doubt one of the best films of 2012.