A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
|Release Date||:||August 28, 2012|
|Production Company||:||Zentropa Entertainments, Det Danske Filminstitut, Danmarks Radio (DR), Eurimages, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Sveriges Television (SVT), Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI), Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Film Väst|
|Production Countries||:||Denmark, Sweden|
|Director||:||Thomas Vinterberg, Annika Appelin|
|Writers||:||Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm|
|Casts||:||Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Thomas Bo Larsen, Anne Louise Hassing, Lars Ranthe, Susse Wold, Ole Dupont, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm, Bjarne Henriksen, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Steen Ordell Guldbrandsen, Daniel Engstrup, Troels Thorsen, Søren Rønholt, Jytte Kvinesdal, Josefine Gråbøl, Nicolai Dahl Hamilton, Øyvind Hagen-Traberg, Allan Wibor Christensen, Rikke Bergmann, Rasmus Lind Rubin, Frank Rubæk, Nina Christrup, Birgit Petersen, Karina Fogh Holmkjær, Heidi Gross, Marie Aktor, Mona C. Soliman, Mie Ravn Nielsen, Kim Westi Rasmussen, Thomas Ravn, Katrine Brygmann|
|Plot Keywords||:||father son relationship, denmark, lie, pedophilia, kindergarden, father, deer, children, teacher, school, pedophile, divorce, hunting|
This film comes right after the hysteria generated by the Jimmy Saville abuse scandals and the revelations about pedophilia within the Catholic Church.
Suffice to say it is refreshing and pertinent to see a story about the damage that can be caused to an innocent man, by a false report. We live in a society that is increasingly insecure and paranoid about pedophilia, rape and abuse. Virgin Airlines won't allow a man to sit next to a child who is traveling alone. Men are given funny looks in playgrounds. Mothers are reported to social workers when they give their screaming kids a slap in public.
This film demonstrates the danger that comes from that hysteria and reminds us all that children, for whatever reason, do not always tell the truth. The consequences are brutal and made all the more realistic by a stellar cast of actors. I give props to the young actress playing Klara, the girl who makes the false accusation, she was fantastic.
Distressing, highly emotional, but unlike an American movie, never over-bearing in its sentimentality, minus one or two slightly cliché metaphors in the dialogue. It makes you empathize with all the characters, not just the protagonist and really makes you think about what you would do if you found yourself, or someone you loved, in that situation.