I saw the Danish film Jagten / The Hunt (2012) a few months ago at the mall and it was stunning, reminding me of another Danish film I watched recently, called In a Better World (2010). Different directors, different stories and approaches to filmmaking, and yet there was something highly intriguing about both movies, which made me want to learn more about both Denmark and its cinema.
Jagten / The Hunt (2012) was directed by Thomas Vinterberg, who also co-wrote the script with Tobias Lindholm. I think that with the help of the three exceptional protagonists, they did a phenomenal job. The cinematography is also brilliant. Light is used subtly and beautifully to explore shades and intensities of feeling.
The extraordinary star of the movie was Mads Mikkelsen in the lead role of Lucas, a kind-hearted and much-loved, yet somewhat seclusive nursery teacher. Thomas Bo Larsen, as his friend Theo, and his five-year-old daughter Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), who sets the events in motion, were also unforgettable.