I don’t review enough foreign movies on this blog. There are so many gems out there that I haven’t yet seen or talked about. So, for today’s post, I bring you a film you possibly haven’t heard about, but you really should check it out!
The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):
A kindergarten teacher’s (Mads Mikkelsen) world collapses around him after one of his students (Annika Wedderkopp), who has a crush on him, implies that he committed a lewd act in front of her.
Oh man, this one hits you hard.
The movie feels extremely realistic and credible in the worst way possible. I had no trouble at all imagining that something could happen in this exact way. None of the events were overly constructed or left you thinking “well, of course, in a movie that works…” Instead, The Hunt feels all too real and just will crawl under your skin.
I want to discuss a few things that might be considered spoilers, so click *read more* at your own peril. 😉
What this story is, is really a series of unfortunate events. You can’t blame anybody involved in it. The little girl who lied is just a little girl who had no idea what the implications might be. And when she tried to come clean people wouldn’t believe her. But the disbelief was also coming from a good place. Her parents feared that she was afraid and that’s why she wanted to take things back, that maybe she was just trying to repress what happened. So, you can’t fault them either. You might say her brother and his friend did a fucked-up thing for showing/telling her some stuff, but then again, they are kids and kids are stupid. They couldn’t have known this would happen. Lucas’ employer did the right thing by believing the kid and launching an investigation. Allegations like that need to be taken seriously. She couldn’t have known that they are wrong. She literally just did her job. Lucas of course is not to blame since he did nothing wrong, he just found himself tangled in this mess. He ended up all alone, which is heartbreaking considering that he was innocent but also felt realistic. Imagine he had done what he was accused of. Of course, the girl’s parents turned against him. Could you look somebody in the eye who molested your child? It was, furthermore, very unfortunate that the village turned into a veritable lynch mob. But, once more, imagine he was guilty. You can’t tell me you can’t relate to how the people around him felt.
That’s why this movie hits so damn hard. There isn’t anybody you can blame. The story is credible, and you can understand why every single person did what they did. Honestly, The Hunt is a frightening film. Not for any gore, or monsters but just for the harsh reality it makes you face. When I sat down to watch it, I didn’t actually know what the film is about, I hadn’t seen a trailer or anything. So, really, I hadn’t seen any of this coming and just sat there staring at my screen with goosebumps. Mads Mikkelsen delivers a great performance which just adds to the intensity of the story. Somehow, I was reminded of how I felt while watching Broadchurch which – most likely – is one of those things that only make sense in my head.
I hadn’t expected it, but The Hunt really got to me. It’s the kind of movie that ends up living in your head rent-free and makes you think even long after you finished watching. Great film!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!