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A huge disappointment. At the start I thought it was going to be really good; it's well acted and beautifully shot, but then it becomes clear that the script is a huge weak point: it's too obvious what's going to happen and the film becomes sanctimonious and contrived.I would recommend the Norwegian film Ondskan for a much better treatment of the themes of bullying and revenge.
edit: As Knaldskalle notes, Ondskan is Swedish. My mistake.
Obviously, I was pleased when Hævnen won the Oscar, but looking back over the entire duration of the award of best foreign language film, it's definitely one of the worst wins. And even for the year, I think at least two (Dogtooth and Incendies) are quantifiably better movies. Even for Danish nominations, it's nowhere near as good as Jagten. Jagten was just unfortunate enough to be nominated the same year as The Great Beauty (what can you do..) Hævnen was fortunate enough to be nominated in a somewhat weak year for foreign language oscar films.
Not as good as 'Efter Brylluppet', but still a strong drama with some interesting characters. The acting is good (Thomsen not as good as usual though) and the movie has a high sympathy level. But as the story evolves, things become very predictable and in the second half of the movie, suddenly everything goes very slow. The first part is intense and beautiful, but because of this second part it is just not Oscar-worthy. Sorry, Susanne.
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This movie ranks #63 in Academy Award Best Foreign Pictures
This movie ranks #278 in Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominees