1973 - when I started asking questions, like, "Why are we all dressed so funny?"

Saturday, January 09, 2016

"The Hunt"

The Hunt

Mads Mikkelson (who was just fantastic in the hilarious, profound and scary Adam's Apples) plays a teacher in The Hunt who has taken a job at a kindergarten because the local school closed. He gets into a custody battle with his wife, starts falling in love and gets accused of inappropriate behavior with a child.

Any one who has been falsely accused will quickly identify with the protagonist. Scary, haunting but ultimately redemptive.

If I could create a genre for this film, I would call it epistemological: it asks to consider what we know and how we know it. It touches on several themes but does not conflate to a moral tale about the dangers of witch-hunts and hysteria, nor does it demonize those think Lucas (Mikkelson) guilty of the "crime." A very un-Hollywood kind of film. Friendship, family, love, hate ... it's all in there.

Mature theme with some sexuality (but pretty tame for the Swedes if those vicious stereotypes are true).

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