A rural Danish school teacher is accused of a terrible crime.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Starring Mads Mikkelson, Thomas Bo Larsen, and Annika Wedderkop
Initial Review by Joe Setnor
Jon Stewart once said “It's funny how everyone hates witch hunts... until they see a witch.” We see that phenomena play out in spectacular fashion as Vinterberg quickly pushes his movie along the path of mob rule and destruction. Vinterberg wisely allows nearly all legal or courtroom aspects that surround the plot to occur off screen. Instead he focuses the movie on the rapid emotional development of the social sphere surrounding Lucas. This really carries the movie because it shows the inherent danger in grabbing the pitchforks and torches and marching off for justice. As a viewer you find yourself hoping that someone, anyone, is going to grab control of the situation. At times it becomes nearly unbearable to watch because you already know your hope is a lost cause.
I give the movie an A-. It’s not a perfect, but as a teacher, it hits so close to home it’s scary.