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The film of 2012,
This review is from: The Hunt (Jagten) [DVD] (DVD)
Is it any wonder that Mads Mikkelsen won the award as best actor at the 2012 Cannes film festival for his performance as a teacher wrongfully accused of indecency? Playing the role of Lucas, a popular member of a small, close knit community at the local school whose life is torn apart due to a child with an over active imagination. This isn't a spoiler as such as the film makes it clear from the beginning that Lucas is innocent. The main strength of the film is Mikkelsen's portrayal of a man who is ostracised by his friends and co-workers due to a horrible rumour.
He is well liked by the children at the school at which he works, is part of an all boys club who like to get together to hunt and drink but everything changes when the daughter of his best friend makes a horrible allegation. A child who feels neglected in her own family home and one that misinterprets innocent friendship. The only people who stay loyal to Lucas are his teenage son and one of his friends from the group of hunters, who is also the godfather to Lucas's son. One rather odd message from the film is the idea that children don't tell lies. Or perhaps the message from the film is that adults want to believe everything that children tell them. In order to feel for Lucas, the film is shot in a way that it seems no-one is willing to question the allegation, once it has been made then the community are sure Lucas is guilty. The child realises that she has made a mistake but her words fall on deaf ears. The scene in the headmistress's office with her companion illustrates just how words can be put into someone else's mouth.
Thus he suffers threats, intimidation and violence from within the community.....a pariah. The only weakness of the film is perhaps the conclusion when everything wraps itself up but the epilogue is perhaps a chilling reminder that no everyone agrees with the outcome. Despite the subject matter of the film and the rather intense performance the film does have two gems of comedy which help to ease the tension some what. It certainly won't be to everyone's taste but it is an extremely powerful film with an excellent performance from Mikkelsen. Most certainly a film that will leave you with something to think about once the credits start to roll.
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Initial post: 19 Dec 2012 11:15:35 GMT
Excellent review. Thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2012 12:34:23 GMT
No probs, a very powerful film which gives the viewer plenty of food for thought. Obviously not going to be everyone's cup of tea given the subject matter but an incredible film. Enjoy
Posted on 8 Jan 2013 20:16:27 GMT
Another good review. I wanted to post my own, but with 4 great reviews already written, there's no need. Very emotional, intense film that I will very likely will want to watch again and own on dvd.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2013 08:57:51 GMT
Cheers. Its the kind of film which really makes you think once you leave the cinema, powerful, intense and one that is worth watching again.
Posted on 12 Jan 2013 08:47:41 GMT
Good review, thank you. But, the child doesn't 'misinterpret innocent friendship' in this film. The adult's friendship and care is innocent, and she doesn't misinterpret it or experience it as anything other. She responds innocently, but then comes to feel rejected. An excellent, excellent film.
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