The Hunt (Jagten)
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Susse Wold
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
The plot: Primary school teacher Lucas is wrongly accused of inappropriate behaviour by a young charge, Klara, who just happens to be the angelic daughter of his best mate Theo. The girl later retracts her statement - "He didn't do anything. I said something foolish" - but the damage is done and close friends and colleagues turn on Lucas, meeting his pleas of innocence with shocking violence. "I believe the children - they don't lie," says headmistress Grethe coldly.
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"Vinterberg, his cast and cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen manage to sustain a pleasingly edgy mood, making at least for intelligent, suspenseful entertainment."
"Known for his often icy and violent characters, Mikkelsen impresses here as a warm-hearted man who finds himself caught up in a situation way beyond his control."
"Mikkelsen, an actor still perhaps best known as the Bond villain in Casino Royale, shows just how excellent a performer he is."