Jagten (The Hunt) is a brilliant meditation on the effect that one lie could have on the life of another and it was little wonder that the film was a main contender for the 2012 awards season as Vinterberg’s simple and laid back naturalistic direction really let the cast and the story shine.
Jagten is quite a brutal film and hard to watch at times due to the intense downward spiral that protagonist Lucas faces in the wake of a very serious accusation that implicates him as a sexual deviant. Mads Mikkelsen expertly plays Lucas as a kind and passive man who is easy to sympathise with as his life descends into a living nightmare. A particular scene that stood out was on Christmas Eve at the village church, the emotions portrayed here are so raw and beautiful (I may have cried).
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away so I’ll just say that if you enjoy films with subtle direction, natural but powerful acting, Mads Mikkelsen and a great thought provoking plot watch this film. You will not regret the time you spend watching this little Danish gem and you will be thinking about it for a while afterwards (I know I still am).
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