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The rich seam of contemporary Scandinavian drama is rivetingly sustained by Vinterberg’s (FESTEN) disturbing account of a teacher falsely accused of sexual abuse by his best friend’s daughter, five-year-old Klara (the extraordinary Wedderkopp), and the mounting hysteria that ensues.
Mikkelsen (CLASH OF THE TITANS) won Best Actor at Cannes 2012 for his performance as the initially incredulous but ultimately enraged Lucas, a newly divorced supply teacher who, despite Klara’s retraction, is vilified, ostracised and then arrested. The evidence against him is eventually exposed as patently phony, but that isn’t the end of his ordeal.
As if in denial of their own guilt, the community continue to punish him and his loyal but conflicted son Marcus (Lasse Fogelstrøm), with violent consequences – and a masterful final twist.