The Hunt (2012)

Rating: 7/10 The first choice for Foreign Friday comes from Denmark and it’s The Hunt (original title Jagten), written by Tobias Lindholm and and Thomas Vinterberg and directed by Vinterberg.

The Hunt is a drama starring Mads Mikkelsen as Lucas, a kindergarten teacher with a messed-up family, unjustly accused by one of the kids of sexual abuse. This happens at the beginning, so the whole movie is a sort of photography of the reaction of a town to a paedophile, with just one glitch: he is not one!

This movie is the gritty depiction of a sad story, and this is generally the Scandinavian style: if Hollywood has taught us that everything will go as good as it can, the Scandies will swallow you in a world of dark humour and cynical reality which cannot leave you indifferent.

Now, Mads Mikkelsen.. I am gonna write about this amazing actor in a dedicated post, but let’s just say that in this case, he makes the movie. His powerful, touching performance will break your heart (and it may have something to do with me being in Copenaghen right now.. oops!) and it’s so brilliant even the rest of Europe realised it: he won the Best Actor Award in Cannes 2012.

Watch it! You won’t regret it.