Jagten (2012)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 30

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AKA: The Hunt
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen (Lucas), Annika Wedderkopp (Klara), Thomas Bo Larsen (Theo), Lasse Fogelstrøm (Marcus), Alexandra Rapaport (Nadja), Anne Louise Hassing (Agnes), Susse Wold (Grethe)
Country: Denmark; Effed Up European Cinema
Language: Danish (Eng Subs); Effed Up Scandinavian Movies
Runtime: 01:55:24
Genres: Old-Young

Plot – Spoilers:
In a small Danish town, a little girl Klara often walks home with her father’s best friend, Lucas, who also works at her kindergarten. Lucas is particularly considerate to Klara’s OCD of not stepping on lines, and so walking with him and his dog, whom she loves, is something she looks forward to.

One day, Klara sees a porno image and is confused and upset by it. Soon after, she hears her parents bickering over who should take her to school. When Lucas offers to take her instead, she makes a gift for him out of gratitude and kisses him on the mouth. Awkward about what just happened, Lucas refuses her gift. Klara in turn feels rejected by all the adults closest to her and makes passing remarks to a teacher about how much she hates Lucas. She mixes this with the porno image she’d earlier seen and from here, Lucas’ fate is sealed, as all assume that he abused Klara and they even unwittingly plant false memories in her through leading questions.

Lucas was always doomed to be a kind of sitting target. A divorced man who works a job normally reserved for women. Someone who lives all alone and whom the community sort of pities and assumes is depressed. The harmless local loser who can be useful, helping with odd errands and jobs. Until he’s seen as a potential threat to their children.

Jagten uses the topic of pedophilia to make a bigger point about guilty until proven innocent. And in choosing pedophilia as the base, it is able to go deeper, because suspicion and paranoia are part of everything-goes when it comes to someone accused of molesting a child.

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Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
July 9, 2022 9:50 am

This is the film that turned me into a Mads fan. Then I found Polar. It’s not exactly an EUM kinda movie but entertaining as hell. It shows the versatility and rage of the actor, I believe. Meek and mild school teacher who’s life is tossed into total disarray to “The Black Keiser”.

July 9, 2022 11:08 am

I’d seen this film once before when looking at random films playing on TV. It’s not effed up in the normal way, with no blood or sex to gross or titillate but it asks important questions about the legal system and how we treat the accused. There is a good lesson here on how easily influenced children are during questioning.

July 9, 2022 12:34 pm

This movie is not visually fucked up, but the theme is so unsettling that it can be easily called as a disturbing masterpiece!

fred fat
fred fat
July 9, 2022 7:40 pm

Mads is the man

July 11, 2022 9:41 pm

A great one, along with Festen up there.

July 18, 2022 11:01 pm

terrifying to see how easily one’s life can be destroyed by false allegations, great film!

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
July 19, 2022 9:26 pm

Another powerful movie starring kids … Gripping tale . If not a tad too long . . Actually got two really good jump !! Scenes in too . Not often we can safely say that anymore.

Good tense and truly believable film here