Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Cornerhouse, 16 December 2012
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.