The Hunt (Jagten) trailer hits hard
The Hunt (Jagten) visits a subject I last saw tackled with maturity and intelligence in the superb film starring Kevin Bacon, The Woodsman, but here we see The Hunt take a different view, that of an average man's life and reputation destroyed by the hysteria of those around him through a small and simple lie.
It's a tiny spark that a child sets off not knowing or understanding the repercussions and how far it will go, a lie that results in a teacher fighting against the entire community who now think him a monster.
The trailer for The Hunt is a powerful one, and my hat goes off to a film-maker who decides to bring a story based around such an emotive subject to the public, and so I take my hat off to Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm who have co-written the film with Vinterberg directing.
With that I also tip it to Mads Mikkelsen who has the guts to play the main character for it is a risky role to take on, perhaps not as risky as Kevin Bacon's decision to play his character in The Woodsman as here Mikkelsen's character is not guilty, but it's still a role that will stay with him for a long time, and hopefully for the right reasons.
Here's the blurb for the film that I'm sure will evoke all manner of responses in the audience:
Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Not a lot. Just a passing remark. A random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
Now let's have a look at the powerful trailer which comes through TrailerAddict: