Analysis Of Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt

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A group of men betting on jumping into a lake, a private discussion with a best friend, and a get together for drinks in a basement are scenes which revealed the friendliness and respect the townspeople had for Lucas, whom was played by Mads Mikkelson. He was just an ordinary man – a caring kindergarten teacher who recently got divorced, and who was also seeking custody of his son, Marcus. Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt follows a rural and close-knit Danish community, who are thrown into a collective hysteria when Lucas’ student, Klara, accuses him of sexually abusing her. The community then punishes Lucas by condemning him, while he fights hard for his innocence. Through its narratives and discourse, the film acts as a vehicle that interpellates…show more content…
Many scenes would have been deemed irrelevant in typical films, such as the small talks Lucas has with Theo, Marcus, and others. However, The Hunt uses these scenes as a way of displaying how normal, relatable and real the story can be in everyday life. The common phrase “stand in my shoes” thus becomes essential in film when a spectator seeks to understand a character. Introducing a point-of-view (POV) helps in relating one’s self to the role that is played on the movie screen, therefore fabricating a connection between viewer and character. Per Persson (n.d., 64) asserts that the range of view or eye line matching shots play an influential role in placing the spectator in the character’s position. This allows one to see through and identify the object of that character’s gaze, prompting the viewer to infer about character psychology (Persson n.d., 64). The manipulation of when and what a character sees, holds the power of showing audiences the emotions and motives of a particular character. Besides assisting the construction of a character’s personality, POV editing builds a spatial relationship between shots. This understanding of spatial bonding is crucial as it plays an important function in narratives, such as telling how close a murderer is to his victim. The main POV that drove The Hunt’s storyline is Lucas’, while there were a few other characters’ POVs contributing to the narrative, such as Klara, those who believed that the allegations were false, and those who believed them to be
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