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The Hunter [DVD]

Rafi Pitts , Mitra Hajjar , Rafi Pitts    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rafi Pitts, Mitra Hajjar, All Nicksaulat, Hassan Ghalenoi
  • Directors: Rafi Pitts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AFW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This powerful thriller stars writer/director Rafi Pitts as Ali, a man whose world is shattered when his wife and young daughter go missing. In the face of police indifference to his plight, something snaps inside him and he shoots an officer dead with his hunting rifle and goes on the run. A searing indictment of political corruption, The Hunter is a tense and compelling film set against the background of social unrest in Iran.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Described in the blurb as a `powerful thriller' and a `searing indictment of political corruption', I was really looking forward to seeing this. It starts with a montage of a load of Iranian motorbikers riding over the US flag, so going for the anti American vote straight away. Then writer/Director/Lead star Raffi Pitts shows up for his night shift as a security guard at some car plant that I think might be for Peugeot. He asks to be transferred to day shift so he can see more of his wife and daughter, though why he would want to is beyond me as they come across as dull and lack lustre when we do meet them. He is told he can not swap because he has been to jail. At this point the thriller aspect of the production was obviously still waiting to be launched.

Then we have an incident where his wife and daughter are involved and he decides to take revenge on the cops. Now to say any more would be a plot spoiler, but I also may have given too much away any way.

So where does it fall down? Well it is very well shot, the acting is above ok, but there is sod all dialogue to trip up any would be thespian in the first place. I did not get any of the `thriller' aspect except in the rather plodding car chase scene and unless I blinked and missed it the political indictment was missed on me, unless we are referring to the propaganda on his car radio.And yes I do get that this is supposed to be a parable on modern Iran but it does rather hide its light under a rather large bushel.

This German production, set in Iran with sub titles might be a splendid indie effort, but it does not live up to its billing and hence my rating. If you are a fan of world cinema then you may want to give it a go but only for a rental and if you are really bored.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Forest, Shame About the Film. 26 Mar 2011
Written and directed by the Iranian film maker Rafi Pitts, this is a very gloomy affair indeed. Filmed deliberately in the depths of a harsh Iranian winter it has a very spare and minimalist look to it. If you like those sort of films you are going to love this one. Personally it left me a very cold. I love Iranian cinema on the whole and applaud their innovative approach to film making under the strict censorship laws in their country, although you wonder how some of the content of this film did not fall foul have of the censors. This film certainly manages to be a bit different, but unfortunately leaves too many questions unanswered. It tries to be cleverer than its own sum total.

The story cocerns a man who has done time in prison in the past. What this was for we never find out! His only passion in his miserable life is his wife and young daughter. When they are killed in a crossfire between police and protesters, he is devastated. We never get to the bottom of the circumstances surrounding the deaths but it is enough to provoke the man into the senseless shooting of two policeman. He then becomes the subject of a man hunt. How the police suddenly latch onto him is a mystery. They obviously had some psychic help! The action then switches to a mist wreathed forest as the man flees from the police who are hot on his heels.

The cinematography in the misty forest is definitely the highlight of the film. If you are looking for a feel good film this is best avoided. The central character is so insufficiently fleshed out, that his murderous actions come as a complete surprise to the viewer. Pitts simply puts on a long face that the grim reaper would have been proud of, and wanders around morosely, which does not really constitute acting in my book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What lurks in the forest 3 Jan 2012
Rafi Pitts' latest doesn't quite deliver on the promises it makes in its first half. With commendable restraint - and a striking use of light and colour - it builds up a portrait of a taciturn night security guard who spends much of his free time roaming the forests outside Tehran. But when a tragic event causes him to commit a crime, the story loses its way and dwindles to a hollow climax. Internationally-released Iranian films can't help but be seen as statements about the country's regime, and The Hunter certainly invites a sub-textual reading, but ultimately, it doesn't quite shake off the feeling that its central idea would've worked better as a short.
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