Friday, July 19, 2013

Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt

The Hunt

Opens  July 17

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen

Genre: Drama

Rating: 3/5

False accusations against alleged witches, pedophiles, the weak, misunderstood and vulnerable are common in human history.  A kind of shared hysteria propped up with conspiracy and lies can destroy an innocent person.  Danish kindergarten teacher Lucas (Mikkelsen) is accused of sexual misconduct with a female student, his principal jumps to conclusions without proper investigation and he loses his job, his son, his sense of justice and hope.  Did the principal do the right thing in acting on an errant remark by a six year old?  Did the parents who shun him and turn to violence respond properly?  It’s a stomach churning situation, which Vinterberg handles tastefully, that raises a lot of questions.  It hits hard and with Mikkelsen’s sensitive performance, makes us wonder who’s next.

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