Original Title: Jagten
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
The Hunt [Blu-ray]
The Danish Football Association was founded in 1889, the first outside UK and Ireland, however, the men’s football was amateur until 1978.
After the first professional team being formed in 1979, Denmark qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1986, when they reached Round of 16. They qualified again in 1998, 2002 and 2010, the best record being the quarter-finals in 1998.
They reached the qualification in a playoff against Ireland, winning 5-1 in the second leg.
The 2018 edition will be their fifth tournament and all points to a fight against Peru for the 2nd place of the group. Even if they reach Round of 16, I don’t think they’ll go further than that.
Christian Eriksen is no doubt their best player. He is a very important midfielder playing both for Tottenham and for the Danish team. He scored 21 times for Denmark in his 77 appearances including a hat-trick in the qualification game against Ireland.
In 2004 was released a King Arthur movie, I was almost a teenager and quite liked that movie. Among the knights, there was a certain Tristan, portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen.
That was the first time I saw the Danish actor and know I can expect good interpretations from him.
I know that the 2004 King Arthur is no great example of anything, I liked in my youth but things change and we can see things clearly. However, Mads is really a great actor and proved himself many times.
Jagten or The Hunt is one of those instances.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt itself is a good movie, being a Golden Globe and Oscar nominee besides many others awards and it is the #103 in the IMDb Top Rated Movies (even though I tend to praise it less and less).
It depicts a very polemic topic with lots of competent talent, evoking in the audience various emotions. For example, I had moments of rage, sadness, restlessness and possibly others.
I like when movies challenge stupid ideas that have popular strength. In this case, the saying “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” is the stupid popular thought challenged and I think it reached its objective.
Lucas is a kindergarten teacher fighting for the custody of his teenage son when a lie turns his life into shit.
Another one of those stupidities people say is that kids don’t lie, these people are wrong, kids lie as fuck. When a little girl starts telling that her teacher molested her, people believed.
The younger the child, less the capacity they have to evaluate the magnitude of the consequences of their actions. We see a bunch of adults who act recklessly and childish, now imagine actual children.
As I said before, the movie evokes a lot of emotions in the viewer, and with the plot I described, I’m sure you can understand why. Injustice is something we usually can relate emotionally.
The establishment of the main character already make us relate to him, being a worker, struggling because of divorce and a custody battle, he has friends, family, a new girlfriend. Lucas is a common person and is shown as a good man, maybe like you, some friend or family member.
The movie takes its time, in the beginning, to establish all these characteristics so we can get to know Lucas observing his environment and his behaviors. It may appear something trivial, but it is extremely important.
I have a huge problem with the film though, a problem I couldn’t overlook.
The interview with the girl to assure if she was actually abused was absolutely awful. It seemed like the filmmakers guessed how it would be handled when it’s quite different, much more rigorous in concluding what happened, yet being humane and careful with the child.
I know that, if the interview were done accurately, the movie would have less than 40 minutes, but I think a solution should have been found to avoid something so inaccurate.
I also didn’t like much of how the movie ended, but I will not talk about it in details because of the spoilers.
With an absurd emotional impact and great acting, I think the flaws I pointed were not enough to bring the movie down, and for this reason, I’ll rate it with 8 Moons.