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The Hunt


Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Denmark, 2012

Cornerhouse, 16 December 2012

The Hunt

It begins with a child’s accusation, a spur-of-the-moment claim of abuse which she is never able to retract.

The adults around her are committed to believing what the child has said, so a teacher is hounded and hunted, set upon by a small, small-minded community.  You cannot escape it: every human community is itching to create and execute a scapegoat.  Rene Girard again.

There is a splendid central performance here from Mads Mikkelsen, an actor who was excellent as well in another of the year’s triumphs, A Royal Affair.  And The Hunt, an edgy festive affair, is splendid too: nuanced, full of suspense, utterly compelling.