The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen in lead role. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas , and follows a man who bcomes a target of mass hyseteria after being wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a child.
Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) , a divorced kindergarten teacher , is falsely accused of exposing himself by Klara (Annika Wedderkopp) , a five year old girl in his care. The Hunt becomes an interesting tense-drama thriller. The adults in the community believe Klara’s story , dismissing her self-contradictions as denial. Lucas is shunned by the community as a pedophile sexual predator. Shops refuse him service . A butcher provokes a fight with him and Lucas retaliates. The weight of the film rests on Mikkelsen’s shoulders and Vinterberg and co-writer Tobias Lindholm have given him a lot of heavy lifting. Lucas is a character of a high moral standard and he is put to the absolute test. Mikkelsen handles the main character Lucas both with restraint, and a little explosiveness when warranted. Vinterberg was among the film-makers who started the no-frills Dogme 95 movement.
Till now his best film was The Celebration which also revolved around accusations of sexual abuse. The Hunt exposes the brutality of blind prejudice faced with the spectre of child abuse.