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The Hunt (2012)

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7/10: The Hunt
Thursday, July 19, 2018

I spotted this Danish film because of the star of Casino Royale, then I read what it was about, it definitely sounded like a worthwhile watch. Basically Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a well-liked kindergarten teacher in a close-knit Danish community, his hobby is going deer hunting (hence the title). He is divorced and struggles to maintain a relationship with his teenage son, Marcus (Lasse Fogelstrøm), who eventually comes to live with him, and his co-worker Nadja (Alexandra Rapaport) is making advances towards him, eventually becoming his girlfriend. Seven-year-old Klara (Annika Wedderkopp) is one of Lucas' students, she is the daughter of his best friend Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen). She has a crush on Lucas and one day puts a heart-shaped ornament into his coat pocket, she then gives Lucas a kiss on the lips, but he rebuffs it, this hurts her feelings. In anger, drawing on a memory of a pornographic picture her older...

9/10: Do you seriously think I hurt her
Friday, January 11, 2013

Lucas(Mikkelsen doing incredible, and his role, fortunately, in spite of early indications towards it, is *not* a Gary Stu) is a fairly content 42-year-old. His biggest problem is his ex-wife only letting him see their son every other weekend, and after he whines(seemingly an exorbitant amount, even for a teenager), this gets changed. So things are looking up. But then, he faces an accusation of pedophilia, and as things escalate(eventually leading to a few holes punched in the overall credibility), the tension rises(thankfully occasionally pierced(never disappearing completely), made tolerable, by the clever humor - such as our lead's dog barking at every mention of the name of his former bride), and as we realize how easily this could happen to us, we can't escape the terrifying consequences of such a claim... even when it is false. It is completely evident to us that it is not true, and it is about...

10/10: Far From The Maddening Crowd
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Seeing trailers of the film for years on Euro DVDs and also having been impressed by Mads Mikkelsen's performances in A Royal Affair,gritty Western The Salvation and also turning up in Rogue One and Doctor Strange, (all also reviewed) I've been meaning to see the movie for years,but have for some reason always missed the chance. Taking a look at what flicks were being shown on the BBC this week,I was thrilled to see it listed,which led to me finally going on the hunt.View on the film:Hearing whispers all across the town, Mads Mikkelsen gives an incredibly subtle,drained performance as Lucas. Losing almost everyone who he has cared for,Mikkelsen makes Lucas's body language be incredibly ill at ease,with his drab clothes and up-right sitting manner making Lucas stand out in every room,which Mikkelsen gives the feeling of crushing all the hope out of Lucas.Going on...

9/10: He hasn't done anything. I just said something stupid
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Stories like this are frightening, especially when it turns out that the accused child abuser is innocent and winds up with his life utterly destroyed. This one turns out to be a classic case of someone being guilty until proved innocent, and by then, the damage has already been done. And in today's world, the type of scenario presented in the film treads on a slippery slope. After young Klara makes her thoughtless statement to the teacher Grethe (Susse Wold), one can't find fault in the actions taken by her and other persons in a position of authority.I did have a problem with the gentleman called in by Grethe for the initial questioning of Klara, he presented what sounded like a series of leading questions that presumed Lucas's (Mads Mikkelsen) guilt in the matter at hand. What follows is a damning indictment of someone who up till then had been a model citizen confronting his own...

10/10: He doesn't have a basement
Friday, December 6, 2013

There is a moment in this masterpiece when you know that that is the part that is going to spiral someone's life out of control. And in this movie, it's the split second scene where Klaras brother shows her an indecent picture on the IPad.It's not served to you on a plate, but its little subtle things like this, that make this movie the harrowing piece it is.Mikkelsen is wonderful as Lucas, a lonely teacher who is just trying to get his life back on track. His son is about to move in with him, and he has met a potential partner, but when Klara, his best friends daughter makes him a gift, and he refuses it because he feels its inappropriate, she tells the teacher a lie, that will shake the whole community.As the viewer, you feel so much empathy for Lucas, because you know that his career is over, and that his...

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