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The Hunt – Netflix Streaming

June 5, 2014
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This is a Danish film with sub-titles but worth the eye strain.

Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is  a teacher but his school closed down so he is temporarily employed as a daycare worker for young children.  He is divorced with one son.  He is warm and caring and the children like him.

One little girl  (Klara-Annika Wedderkopp) is very fond of him. She gives him a plastic heart and kisses him on the mouth.  He returns the heart and tells her nicely that she needs to find a boy her age and not to kiss him on the mouth anymore.

Klara is angry and hurt about the rejection so she tells the woman running the daycare center (Grethe-Susse Wold) that Lucas exposed himself to her.

The situation quickly spins out of control when all the parents of the children at the center are informed about the accusation and the police investigate.  Soon numerous other children at the center are reporting that Lucas has sexually abused them too!

Mikkelsen gives an outstanding performance which won him Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Saying much more about the plot will spoil the movie but Lucas is treated horribly by the town citizens since everyone assumes he is guilty, even his best friend (who is Klara’s father).  This movie reveals interesting truths about human nature, hysteria, and mob psychology.

Rating-8.0-very good movie

Dave

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