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The Hunt

Released: 30/11/2012 Released in key cities
14 years after launching the Dogme movement with Festen, and never quite matching it since, director Thomas Vinterberg is rumoured to be back on form. Collective madness descends on a tight-knit community when nursery assistant, Lucas (played by one-time Bond villain and Cannes Best Actor-winner, Mads Mikkelsen) is falsely accused by a child. For more information visit: http://trustnordisk.com/film/2012-hunt Watch:
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The Observer“Outstanding...” At the centre of The Hunt, rarely out of the frame, is Mads Mikkelsen, one of the finest actors at work today...He's played every kind of man and everyman and given each real individuality...
 
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Radio Times“The film offers a worryingly plausible reflection of its time...” The always excellent Mikkelsen gives his best performance yet (he won the best actor prize at Cannes), playing a man who is far from perfect, but never once loses our sympathy...
 
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The Independent“A raw intensity that recalls The Crucible...” The acting on all fronts is outstanding, with Mikkelsen holding the centre magnificently as the wronged teacher, his life contaminated by the slow-acting poison of rumour. Twitterati take note...
 
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Evening Standard“Don’t believe the hype...” It’s right and proper that directors take aim at smug liberal values. Unfortunately, Vinterberg’s vision of a modern-day witch-hunt lacks any kind of rigour. A misogynistic little soap opera, it’s beautifully acted, yes, but silly to the bone..
 
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Little White Lies“Self-satisfied and deeply cynical...” The manner in which it tackles these issues is at best irresponsible, at worst plain dangerous. It amounts to the very same alarmist tabloid balderdash that it supposedly decries...
 
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Empire“Beautifully performed and tough as nails...” Mikkelsen won in Cannes for his quietly affecting portrayal of an ordinary man on the wrong end of a devastating accusation, suggesting with chilling plausibility that there are still crimes for which one is considered guilty until proven innocent...
 
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Total Film “A flawed but tense psychological drama...” Vinterberg lands his finest film in over a decade with a taut, teasing study in sense and susceptibility, given ballast by a suitably shaken and shell-shocked lead turn from Mikkelsen...
 
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The Telegraph“This is cinema that sinks its claws into your back... ” It is rare that a film can make you laugh, cry and shake with fury all at the same time; even rarer when it does so for the right reasons. The Hunt has been widely acclaimed at Cannes as the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s...
 
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Guardian“A superbly thrilling drama...” Vinterberg really has come storming back with this new movie, easily his best since Festen, and a reminder of his superb gift for unsettling collective drama: it is forthright, powerful, composed and directed with clarity and overwhelming force...
 
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