decade ago I was asked by a good friend why I never volunteered to be a
big brother to children. I replied that it was too big a risk. One bad
egg could make a false allegation and ruin my reputation for the rest of
my life. The good that could be accomplished wasnít worth that risk. She
scoffed, but later acknowledged the truth in what I said. Thatís what
this movie is about.
Mikkelsen is a good, caring man whose life is put into a tailspin when
one of the young kindergarten girls in his care, the daughter of his
best friends Thomas Bo Larsen and Anne Louise Hassing, makes a false
allegation to the school principal, Susse Wold.
Highlighted by incredible acting by Mikkelsson (it earned him a Best
Acting Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival), what is unforgettable
about this movie is the acting of the young girl who makes the
allegation, Annika Wedderkopp. Itís stunning that someone so young could
give such a sensitive, emotional performance.
directed by Thomas Vinbeerber (who also co-wrote a terrific script with
Tobias Lindholm), this is not an easy movie to watch, but it is
thought-provoking and worthwhile, a modern day equivalent of the Salem
Witch Hunt. Once the allegation is made you canít tear yourself away
from what is unfolding on the screen.
Danish and English.