#118: The Hunt (2012)

When and how did I watch this?

July 20th, 2016, on Netflix.

Had I seen this film already?

Nope.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

A film from Denmark.  That’s about it.

What do I know about it now?

Wow.  What a powerful tale about what miscommunication and hysteria can do to a person’s reputation. This became an instant favorite of mine.  Much of it is very unsettling — a male kindergarten teacher (his gender being terribly important) is forced to deal with an accusation of inappropriately touching a best friend’s daughter. While the viewer is wholly aware that the man is innocent, almost everyone else in the community has doubts, and the level of investigation and scrutiny almost convinces you that perhaps you missed something as well: did he really do something wrong?  We’re left to wonder about his ultimate fate until the very end.  In an array of violent, sexual, colorful and loud films on this list, this one is subdued, even quiet, yet tense to the nth degree. By the way, it’s entirely fictional, yet you’ll forget this moments into the film. This is a masterpiece.

What are some themes in the film?

Fear, miscommunication, family, modern communication/social media

Did this affect me personally?

Oh yes.  I am extremely aware of how important it is to maintain a high level of integrity as a male worker among children. Any slip-up, misconstrued or otherwise, can lead to serious ramifications.  The whole film hit home.

Why is this ranked #118?

It’s a fairly obscure film, but there’s no doubt that those who managed to see this one gave it a high rating for all of the mentioned reasons above. It should be higher, really.

Did my wife watch/like it?

I think she missed most of it, but I filled her in. She liked the premise as well.

Would I watch it again?

Probably not, only because it’s hard to forget and in many ways difficult to watch.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yes.  It’s a great reminder that what you say, in speech aloud or on social media, can really blow up and hurt people.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

No question about it.  It really surprised me, and if you happen to catch this one, you’ll certainly behold the unheralded greatness as well. Indeed, there are others better, but not very many.

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