Hunt Review – Author: ProfessorX

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Teacher Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) recently went through a difficult divorce and started a new life. He has new friends, a new job and falls in love with Nadja (Alexandra Rapaport). When young Clara (Annika Wiederkop), daughter of Lucas’ friend Theo (Thomas Boe Larsen), claims that she was abused by Lucas, his life spirals out of control completely.

If you take a sensitive topic like alleged child abuse as a prequel to a movie, you will definitely not be friends with anything other than demonizing the perpetrators. Society is highly emotionally charged when it comes to the well-being and suffering of young people. And sometimes that’s just a good thing, after all you want to hide the shadows of that world and brighten it with light and create an environment that only lights up with sweet memories, especially for kids. With Die Jagd, director Thomas Vinterberg did not take up an easy subject on the one hand, because the experiences of these victims are difficult to absorb, and on the other hand because they are so emotional and for the majority of humanity there is only one truth behind those actions. But the movie suffers from the fact that when it comes to revealing the story, it blends fact and fiction in a frightening and obvious way. Because it is clear from the outset who is the victim and who is the actual perpetrator. At the same time, the movie leaves hardly any room for interpretation, because any revelations within the story are woven in such a way that it feels like someone is trying to extend a story. Because with knowledge in the background, the choice of the main characters quickly becomes obsolete.

Vinterberg tells a story that unfolds very quickly, but at the same time tries to play with several genres at once. He was able to do this by turning the film from drama to thriller and back again. The mood changes like when a comedian tells an infinitely embarrassing joke. At the same time, the film unleashes some calm on the viewer, because the whole tragedy also carries a weight that makes the characters always seem alone in their own world. Then there is no dialogue and thus the film also addresses one of humanity’s biggest problems. So the elephant stays in the room all the time, after which the characters actually have to find a conversation, but because of their confusion, along with fear, incomprehension, anger and sadness, they are unable to simply answer those really difficult questions to create the world. Here the individual competes against the majority and the state, not least bound by the opinions of others because of any stereotypes that permeate the society. This becomes particularly evident when the story does not provide the opportunity for reconciliation within a small community.

The world is a village and this is emerging the hunt Not just a spell, but a fatal deterioration, leaving hundreds of charred corpses in the unchosen path. Trust in the people close to you is put to the test when you trust and build on a societal stigma that a child can only be good. But the good in children isn’t always necessarily present, so Vinterberg also raises these glasses off his viewers’ heads in a well-thought-out scenario to show that paradoxical behavior can also be present at an early age. Of course, it is difficult to blame children for such a deceptive thing that they may not even understand, but on the other hand, it is the behavior of adults that tells about blind trust, after which the influence of young people’s words is not insignificant. It is a tragedy in the truest sense of the word, because a person suffers from a lie, the child does not really understand what is happening, and all adults do not know how to handle the situation. There is perhaps a great deal of truth in this when dealing with these topics. In any case, teachers have to admit over and over how little they really know and that working with people in particular often remains a purely internal feeling. Kindergarten teachers follow the same logic. Although this is shown here as a bit exaggerated.

Meanwhile, it is Mads Mikkelsen who puts his own stamp on the entire work. With his glasses and parted hair, he looks like a common bourgeois icon that is actually powerless. In the film itself, he is noticed by a friend, so Lucas is above all a person who puts up with a lot. A kind person roams the world in a very cerebral and quiet way and hides rather than fights back. This introverted streak, which probably doesn’t just rely on the pure affirmation being made now, makes Lucas very friendly and once again shows how versatile Mads Mikkelsen, burned in American films, actually is. At the same time, the character also shows real greatness at the end, which most people probably weren’t able to achieve and in this respect they also miss reality.

But what is more interesting is how a lie can inflate itself and where people also support the fabric of the claim with their own expectations and stereotypes. The story goes that kids don’t lie and Clara never lied either. The conversation between some supposed teacher and the girl Clara becomes a pressure on a little girl who has long lost control and is now turning it over to people who back up the pure claims with their naive approach. In fact, perception is incredibly complex, and the fact that people tend to accept majority opinion is something, especially here, also supported by strong dialogue and just talk of guesswork. The process here seems a bit structured, but above all it reflects the imperfection experienced by people of all ages.

The interaction between excitement and drama is made the hunt Very handsome, as well as a leading actor. When it comes to drawing reality, the work loses its credibility due to story constructions. However, the film feels more like a social study that puts individual human beings to the test and questions them.

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