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A child's lie threatens to destroy the life of a divorced day-care worker attempting to reconnect with his teenage son in this emotionally charged drama from director Thomas Vinterberg (THE CELEBRATION, SUBMARINO). In the wake of a fractured marriage, 40-year-old Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) gets a new girlfriend and a new job in a day-care center while fighting to win custody of his teenage son. Lucas is a respected figure in his close-knit community, and the kids at the center where he works all look up to him. When Lucas repeatedly finds young Klara (Annika Wedderkopp) roaming the streets alone as her parents engage in angry shouting matches, he becomes something of a protector to the frightened young girl, often walking her home once the arguments have died down. When Klara attempts to repay Lucas' kindness with a kiss on the lips, the shocked teacher quickly corrects her by telling her that such a display of affection is not appropriate. Upset over being rebuffed by the man she so admires, Klara responds by telling the inexperienced manager of the day-care center that she saw Lucas engaged in inappropriate activity. Before long the rumor has caught fire, and as Christmas approaches mob mentality prevails. Everyone close to Lucas, including his two best friends and his son, quickly become pariahs in the community. Meanwhile, the desperate Lucas wages a losing battle to reclaim his dignity in a town that would sooner see an innocent man crucified than admit their mistake.
Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas, Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrom, Susse Wold
"The result is a film that, in spite of its ambivalent coda, is far more uplifting than you would ever expect."
Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the suspense that sticks with us....Vinterberg keeps us guessing right up to and after an end shot..."
"THE HUNT is by far the filmmaker's most accomplished work yet."
Los Angeles Times
"This is filmmaking of a high order, even though the production's scale is modest..."
Wall Street Journal
"Unsettling, forthright and thought-provoking, THE HUNT is also brilliantly titled."
"[A] nightmarish story of an innocent man who becomes the victim of a small-town witch hunt. The movie...is easily Mr. Vinterbergs strongest since THE CELEBRATION..."
New York Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "THE HUNT allows Mikkelsen to go beyond appearances and showcase his versatility."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg's social drama could not be any more timely."
"Far and away the best aspect of THE HUNT is how it handles the events that lead to Mikkelsens persecution....Mikkelsen gives an impassioned performance..."
"In director Thomas Vinterbergs engrossing drama THE HUNT, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen delivers a stunning performance..."
"Mads Mikkelsen delivers a bravura performance as a man embroiled in a Kafkaesque struggle in THE HUNT."
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