The Hunt (2012)HD
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About the Film
The Hunt unfolds in a small provincial town in the days leading up to Christmas. Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a forty year old divorcee, is finally getting his life under control. He's got himself a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of re-building his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things soon start to unravel. Nothing significant, just a slight comment here, a random lie there. As the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity. The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie can quickly become truth, a modern tale of a witch-hunt, injustice, guilt and ultimately, forgiveness. A fable on how fragile a community can become when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish. It is a stirring portrait of a man struggling to exonerate himself, and a father and a son reaching out for one another as their world crumbles.
Great central acting performance will have you rooting for him, and sometimes squirming. A powerful story for our times, well told. Watch it!
This says 'drama' but runs like a thriller most of the time and even a horror occasionally in terms of how appalling things get for the main character. Goes to show how people believe what they want despite having any facts or even bothering to get them and the way that once they believe the smallest lie they'll throw every shred of decency and perspective out the window. Terrifying.
Great film from beginning to end. Subtley and intelligently made and thoroughly gripping and thought-provoking throughout. Got it by the way because we were so impressed by the lead, Mads Mikkelsen, in 'The Door'. If you like interesting thrillers with a time-travel element I highly recommend that, too.
Sat morn film club
Wow what a film. The story is gripping and the acting is fantastic - well worth renting but prepared for an emotional roller-coster of a ride.