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Directed and co-written by Thomas Vinterberg, THE HUNT is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
Unsettling, forthright and thought-provoking, The Hunt is also brilliantly titled.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 07.11.2013
It is a devastating film to watch, a heedful one, and a tragic reminder that no matter how well a life has been conducted, the mere whiff of such scandalous behavior is condemnation enough.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 07.12.2013
This story is about a witch hunt, an accusation of impropriety that takes on a life of its own, shattering bonds of trust in a close-knit community.Bob Mondello, NPR, 07.11.2013
"The Hunt" is a merciless examination of the fear and savagery roiling just below the surface of bourgeois life.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.11.2013