I finally got to sit back and watch The Hunt about a week ago, and I will completely admit I cried. This movie was so heartbreaking. Not only does it show how easily people let an assumption and rumors spread and the impact these statements cause, it also perfectly displays both sides of the fence.
(Just in case you haven’t seen it I’ll try to remain spoiler free. But I doubt I’ll be that successful.)
It hurt to watch Lucas go from this good man helping out at this preschool, and doing a great job at it. So much that all these kids adored him and the other workers respect him. To a man slowly beaten down by a lie from this little girl he treated like family, wondering why she would say such a thing. Pretty much alienated from most of his friends and terrorized and beaten by members of the town. All the while fighting to maintain and prove that he is innocent.
I could also understand the town’s side of things. Basically you have this little girl saying she was molested, by a man you trusted and who happens to be best friends with the girl’s father. Then as they dig deeper trying to make sure this is the truth, more and more kids start to come forward saying that he touched them too. It starts to make them think, maybe just maybe this was the real reason his ex left with his kid, and the last thing you want is to see him do this again. So, of course they become defensive. These people want to do the right thing, but have no idea how to go about it.
I can’t even count the number of times my brain wanted to scream by the end.