When his wife and daughter are killed during riots, a night watchman runs amok, killing two policemen. On the run from the police, he flees into the woods – where it’s hard to tell the hunters from the hunted.
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Gorgeous cinematography... Such a wonderful film. I was amazed to hear Radiohead's "Hunting Bears" in soundtrack... And Pitts' father in movie was watching "The House is Black"! My recommendation to all cinema lovers.
Sublime. It reminded me of "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia". Preys and predators, hunters and hunted. The setting changes from urban to rural, from geometric to foggy. Incredible shots. Meditative mood. Laconic and subtle. One of the highlights of the year.
Sharing a similar tone and style to Christi Puiu's 'Aurora' the hunter manages to slowly work it's way under the skin. It's brooding, bare, open to interpretation and possibly far darker than we suspect. Like Aurora Rafi Pitts also stars in the film and is fascinating to watch and the photography is of the same exceptional standard we've come to expect from Iran. 3.5 stars
This film begs the audience to consider the difference between revenge and justice. Is Ali seeking revenge or solace? Is he hunting or hunted? Although it moves a little slow, and has sparse dialogue, it is surprisingly engaging. There are many similarities to "Essential Killing" and "Valhalla Rising", but the sincerity of this story leads the audience to be much more involved, both emotionally and intellectually.
Visually impressive film, full of beautiful cinematography. Pitts has an eye for detail and suspense, there is no score in this film except for random radiohead songs which makes it a quiet intense film that builds to the climax. Pitts also plays the main character with some great emotion, he loses his wife and daughter due to riots, in his grief he shoots and kills two police offcers. Enjoyed it, that ending!