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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Filmwatch : "The Hunt" and "Petit Nicholas"

This is one of the best social dramas I have seen for a long time. Mads Mikkelsen is a teacher in a small Danish village, he is a lonely divorcee struggling for custody of his son. He is wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a child. Almost all of the village turns against him, he is arrested and fired from his post, but the case falls apart and he re-enters village life....or does he? I think this is a very current film as we, in Britain, struggle to come to terms with child abuse, this film reminds us that society can quickly spin out of control when a person pulls the right strings for their own ends.

At the other extreme I watched the French film, "Petit Nicolas"

The film is based on a series of French children's books, written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, that are not well known on this side of the Tunnel. Nicolas lives in a perfect world, very happy, nice parents, nice school, nice friends. A little bland, maybe, but a very good, gently humorous film.

1 comment:

  1. Never heard of Petit Nicholas but nice to see the Peugeot 404 in the photo....