It has been probably close to ten years since I saw the film Kramer Vs. Kramer, the 1979 winner of the Best Picture Oscar, starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. The film is about a divorced man who finds himself raising his son on his own – a difficult task – and then has to fight in court to retain custody when the mother comes back. It's been a while, but I found myself thinking yesterday that now might be a good time to watch it. You see, I recently obtained full custody of my daughter, and the challenge has been how to balance parenthood with work and upcoming school. There weren't any disputes – it all went pretty smoothly (ignoring the “why”s of how this all came about...) but I find myself drawn to stories about this.
This really doesn't have to do anything with anything we are about to talk about here, except that the story we are to discuss involves a single father struggling over custody issues – while dealing with a horrendous slander against him.
The Hunt is a Danish film by Thomas Vinterberg (who co-founded the Dogme 95 movement with Lars Von Trier [my favorite filmmaker]) and starring Mads Mikkelsen (who seems to be popping up everywhere nowadays). Mikkelsen is Lucas, the aforementioned man, who takes a job at a kindergarten class. He has enough struggles as is – until one of the girls accuses him of, shall we say, inappropriate contact. Suddenly the town is in an uproar as Lucas tries to maintain his innocence.
The Hunt is playing currently at Village 8 theaters as the newest installment in the Louisville Exclusives series. It is scheduled to run until next Thursday, August 8. Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.
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