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Thrillingly topical tale of a crumbling life

The Hunt (12A)

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Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

With: Mads Mikkelsen, Annika Wedderkopp

Runtime: 115 minutes

THOMAS Vinterberg's Submarino was a big hit with Glasgow Film Festival audiences in 2010. Now the Danish director is back with something even better, and bitingly topical too.

Mads Mikkelson (A Royal Affair, Casino Royale) is outstanding as Lucas, a primary school teacher going through a divorce and trying to hold on to his teenage son. When he is accused by one of the children of inappropriate behaviour, Lucas's world crumbles further.

Vinterberg and co-writer Tobias Lindholm pace the story like a thriller, playing characters off each other and testing the audience's assumptions.

Annika Wedderkopp, playing the child at the centre of the allegations, manages to be as impressive as Mikkelsen, young though she is. A deeply unsettling but unmissable drama.

Sightseers (15)

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Dir: Ben Wheatley

With: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram

Runtime: 88 minutes

THOSE who like their comedies bleaker than the grave and twice as menacing will find Ben Wheatley's tale of a couple going on a British caravanning holiday a real hoot.

Be warned: like taking a caravan on country roads, it is not for the faint-hearted. Though you would hardly expect a comedy from the director of crime comedy Down Terrace and horror Kill List to be a cuddly affair, Sightseers, written and performed by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, delights in pushing the taste boundaries – and then some.

Nestling beside the shocking parts is plenty of old-school, eccentric British comedy in which dogs are worshipped, women knit and people say things like: "I don't think I could cope without potpourri."

Think Victoria Wood or the television comedy Nighty Night, but much, much naughtier.

Future My Love (N/C 15+)

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Dir: Maja Borg

Runtime: 93 minutes

MAJA Borg's documentary, which had its world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival, certainly does not want for ambition.

Part a portrait of the futurist Jacque Fresco, part a road movie, and at other times a fond remembrance of times and love past, Future My Love has it all going on. Rather too much, unfortunately.

The fascinating Fresco is worthy of a film on his own; the rest of the picture, while occasionally illuminating, is a mix of the confused and the confusing.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Sunday, December 2, 7.45pm. Q&A with Maya Borg afterwards.

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