The Hunt (2013)

The Hunt (2013)


A nightmarish drama dealing with complex questions, fully carried by Mads Mikkelsen’s unforgettable performance

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Belgium, Denmark
Danish, English, Polish
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Alexandra Rapaport, Allan Wibor Christensen, Anne Louise Hassing
116 min

What it's about

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

The take

It comes as no surprise that former Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor in Cannes for delivering on this challenging role. In this merciless thriller by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, the ice-eyed actor plays Lucas, an out-of-luck high school teacher struggling to start a new life. After a bitter divorce, he returns to the close-knit community he grew up in to work as a kindergarten teacher.

A few weeks before Christmas, a child from his class, who has an innocent crush on the popular teacher, hints to a colleague that he had exposed himself to her. The young girl’s intimation galvanizes the small hunter’s town into a witch-hunt that leaves Lucas’ life hanging from a string. Trapped in the lies, the more he fights back, the more irrational the mob becomes. In all its brutal honesty, The Hunt is one of those rare thrillers that will haunt you for days. Extraordinary and thought-provoking!


Excellent movie which portrays how stupid society can be and how quick stupid people can jump to conclusions. You could argue that when it comes to an issue that involves themselves, a calculative person can be stupid too, as pseudo emotions cloud them. Sometimes you can’t be sure and you’re probably wrong by jumping the bandwagon.

Excellent movie, the power of rumors and prejudice.

This movie is an exploration of collective paranoia that can strike anyone without notice. Intense, moving, unjust, but so interesting.

A frustrating and disturbing film, but oh so good. It was more troubling to me than a horror/thriller. Not many actors can do what Mads Mikkelsen did here, going through different states of denial and defiance. Uneblievable film.

This is a really good movie pointing out the harsh realities of life, How easily a friend can turn into a foe.
Indeed a thought-provoking film and to be honest is hard to go through.

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