- Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm, Susse Wold, Anne Louise Hassing, Lars Ranthe, Alexandra Rapaport, Ole Dupont, Rikke Bergmann, Katrine Brygmann, Allan Wibor Christensen, Nina Christrup, Daniel Engstrup, Josefine Gråbøl, Steen Ordell Guldbrand Jensen, Øyvind Hagen-Traberg, Nicolai Dahl Hamilton, Bjarne Henriksen, Karina Fogh Holmkjær, Jacob Højlev Jørgensen, Jytte Kvinesdal , Birgit Petersen, Rasmus Lind Rubin, Frank Rubæk, Søren Rønholt, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Hana Shuan, Troels Thorsen, Thomas Vinterberg
- Director: Thomas Vinterberg
- Writers: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
- Producers: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann, Thomas Vinterberg
- Co Producers: Jessica Ask, Madeleine Ekman, Charlotte Pedersen, Martin Persson
- Costume Design: Manon Rasmussen
- D.O.P.: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
- Editors: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud
- Makeup: Bjørg Serup
- Music: Nikolaj Egelund
- Production Design: Torben Stig Nielsen
- Set Decoration: Rasmus Balslev-Olesen
Lucas is a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Denmark
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content including a graphic image, violence and language
- Production Budget: $3.8 million
- Production Companies: Film i Väst, Zentropa Entertainments
- Production Schedule: 11 November 2011 - January 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration," "Submarino") helms this Danish drama which has scored multiple awards and widespread acclaim on the film festival circuit throughout the year. More recently it opened in various European countries where the reaction has been just as, if not more impressive. The film took three awards in Cannes, including Best Actor, and also won a British Independent Film Award along with a European Film Award for the script.
Mads Mikkelson ("Casino Royale," "Valhalla Rising") plays Lucas, a kind, gentle kindergarten teacher and loner in a small Danish town. He finds new love and his life is getting better when an innocent little lie brutally shatters it. Wrongly accused of sexual abuse by a child, he is ostracised by the community as a result. Eventually acquitted by the courts and largely forgiven - the sentiment is not shared by all.
While child sexual abuse is a delicate subject that has been explored on screen before, the mass fear and hysteria that surrounds it hasn't. Acclaim has come for the way the film handles the topic believably, never letting the adult reactions become implausible. In fact, the way the claim comes about is executed with both intelligence and tragic irony. Unsentimental and boasting stellar acting turns, it's an emotional cautionary tale that sounds compelling."