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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: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AFW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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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2.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2011
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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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Total failure.I felt absolutely nothing and just waited for it to end.*Weak* film,Pointless.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dariush Alavi on 3 Jan. 2012
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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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Fair on 23 May 2011
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In the last five days I have seen two extraordinary films about fatherhood; both films are tragedies, but while the first is Shakespearean in as much as it relies on the central character's hubris the second is classical in as much as it seems to infer a kind of fatefulness. Both films offer an emotionally connected point of view yet strangely may, at first look, seem distanced from their protagonist's world. The first film is an extraordinarily harrowing tale of loss and understanding, 'A Screaming Man' from Chadian director Mahamet-Saleh Haroun (more on this film when it is released on DVD) and the second is this film by the Iranian director (also written by and starring) Rafi Pitts.
Both films function as realist portraits and at the same time function as allegories. The father in both films we may read as figuring the state and as such we might decide to read 'The Hunter' as a wonderfully conceived piece that is not only a meditation on responsibility but also on how the dilemmas of personal and political choices are made. How does the state make its decisions, are they as well thought out as us citizens are asked to believe, or are they no more considered than the kinds of pragmatic or even irrational responses to circumstances that most of us fall prey to?
Pitts' film is one of those films from the emerging film countries that is clearly more influenced by Russian cinema, especially film makers such as Tarkovsky and Sokurov than by Hollywood; a cinema that seeks to delineate the human not so much in terms of action, although there is plenty of it, as in terms of thought. Characters in this type of cinema are allowed, through the expressivity of the mise-en-scene, to make decisions, decisions that are revealed through the tightly controlled pictorialism of the framing.
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