12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies: ‘The Hunt’

“The Hunt” (2013) – Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a 42-year-old kindergarten teacher, is coping with his divorce and trying to maintain a relationship with his teenage son, but Christmastime is here, so ’tis the season to think positively.

His world, however, crashes, because someone does not accuse him of a serious crime, but a heinous one.  A crime he did not commit.

Lucas, a respected man in the community, suddenly becomes the centerpiece of a devastating controversy, and in the process, almost everyone in this small Danish town demonizes him.

His life becomes a living hell.

Lucas tries to remain composed and poised while staring into the mouth of madness, but when your closest friend does not believe your own word, he is an isolated soul on a crowded island.

Director Thomas Vinterberg gets into very uncomfortable territory here, but handles the delicate subject matter with care.

Based upon the evidence, the townspeople really have reason to be a collective judge and jury, and that is what makes “The Hunt” such an intriguing and difficult drama over the course of its 1 hour and 55 minute stressful runtime.

Happy Holidays!

(available on Amazon streaming and iTunes)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Image credits: Nordisk Film ; Trailer credits: Movieclips Trailers

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