The Hunt (Vinterberg, 2012): BFI Southbank, Studio, 8.50pm
This movie, one of the best of 2012, is on an extended run from 3 to 14 March at BFI. Details here.
Time Out review:
What does it feel like to be wrongly accused of being a paedophile?
‘It gets into your bones… it gets into your soul,’ Lord McAlpine said
recently. In this nerve-shredding drama from Denmark, a good man’s life
is ripped apart by false allegations that he sexually abused a child. He
didn’t do it. The little girl fibbed (in the same way she might tell
the teacher her best friend gave her a Chinese burn). But her innocent
lie spreads like a virus, killing trust and goodness in a close-knit
This is lean, fast-paced storytelling from director and writer Thomas Vinterberg,
who made ‘Festen’ in 1998 (about a paedophile father who raped his
children). This has the same stripped back docu-drama style. Which
focuses our attention on the acting – and it’s flawless. We watch the
story play out in the reactions of everyone involved. As the only man
working at the nursery, the kids adore Lucas. After hearing the
allegations, a teacher watches him rough-play with some boys. We see the
scene through her eyes. It looks suspicious. It really does.
are all good people, and there’s a kind of moral puzzle here. We always
have to listen to children. Always. But what if your best friend was
accused? Would you believe him? At the other end of the scale, what kind
of world is it when a man can’t hold hands with a child who isn’t his
own – in case someone accuses him of being a paedo. What a knotty, frighteningly
real drama ‘The Hunt’ is. And – in the light of the Jimmy Savile case
and its fallout – what a very timely contribution to the issue it is.'
Here is the trailer.