Lucas, a preschool teacher,is falsely accused of sexually abusing a child in his class, Handling the story in a realistic, matter of fact way, the film does not allow its protagonist to indulge in screaming histrionics and explosive raging against the world, as slowly the entire town turns against him. He is a man who knows he’s innocent but can’t work out how to prove it, and is increasingly hurt as people he called friends almost all turn against him.This is quite a damning film in its view of society. Most of what happens is due to adults getting carried away, misspeaking, and jumping to assumptions. It begins with a lie told by a childbut then things spiral out of her control. It’s also, naturally, even more pertinent now than it would’ve been when it came out, with allegations and denials of sexual abuse ever more often in the news. Fortunately, The Hunt is a mature and considered film, with something to say for audiences to consider, rather than hysterically coming down on one ‘side’ of an argument. Mads Michelsen, who plays Lucas, was awarded the Best Actor Prize in Cannes.