Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Hunt (Jagten)

The Danish film The Hunt is about a man, Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), who has hit a rough patch in his life. He's divorced and lives alone, and struggles to gain custody of his teenaged son. Things begin to look up for him when he begins a new relationship and reconnects with his son. He's thrown back into turmoil when the young daughter of one of his best friends accuses him of molestation. He loses his job, most of his friends and becomes a pariah in his close-knit town. He must struggle to assert his ignorance and regain his standing.

This movie was a great example of why foreign films can often be more rewarding than domestic films. The Danish film industry has been booming over the past couple of decades and Mikkelsen has become a face of that industry. He is also becoming one of my favorite actors (foreign or domestic) and his performance in this film was incredible. The movie is a gut-wrenching drama and had me near tears almost through the whole film.

Mini soundtrack:

Van Morrison - "Moondance"
Gloucester Cathedral Choir - "In the Bleak Midwinter"
Andi Almqvist - "I Was Not to You What You Were to Me"

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