The Hunt. This is an amazing film.
The film starts in a small Danish village; a cheerful comradely atmosphere appears. At the weekend the men hunt and swim in the lake. On Monday morning a man strolls into work, children frolic…
The man works in a nursery and a young girl accuses him of something. The teacher in charge believes the vague accusations completely and calls in an expert who interprets the child’s awkwardness with the story as proof. The trajectory of evidence follows that of the sexual abuse scandals in day care centres in the 1980s.
The rumour spreads and the man is vilified in his community. There is no evidence that nothing happened. No doubt of the mans innocence is placed in the mind of the audience yet the story is completely believable and I could see it happening in my own community.
The story arc, atmosphere and portrayal of evil reminded me very much of The Plague (Albert Camus).