In an act of vengeance, a young man randomly kills two police officers. He escapes to the forest, where he is arrested by two other officers. The three men are surrounded by trees, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

It's Winter (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The struggle to survive, for a generation, torn between wanting to leave its country, yet bound by blood to home.

Director: Rafi Pitts
Stars: Mitra Hajjar, Ali Nicksaulat, Said Orkani
Sanam (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In a small valley, riders pursue and kill a man. A horse thief, so his assassins claim. But for his ten year old son Issa, the disappearance of his father causes an avalanche of problems. ... See full summary »

Director: Rafi Pitts
Stars: Ghorban Ahmadi Galdi, Ismaïl Amani, Alireza Amini
The Hunter IV (2011)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

Director: Daniel Nettheim
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The fight for power in an isolated Iranian village. Two families have been enemies for so long they cannot even remember why. The only hope for peace between the feuding families is lost ... See full summary »

Director: Rafi Pitts
Stars: Roya Nonahali, Ali Sarkhani, Parviz Poorhosseini
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?

Director: Majid Majidi
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Roya Taymourian, Afarin Obeisi
Soy Nero (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nero, a deported Mexican, returns illegally to the U.S in search of his identity. He joins the U.S army as a Green card soldier, a shortcut to citizenship. Lost in a maze, Nero fights to obtain his nationality.

Director: Rafi Pitts
Stars: Rory Cochrane, Khleo Thomas, Michael Harney
Baran (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives.

Director: Majid Majidi
Stars: Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Mohammad Amir Naji
Crimson Gold (2003)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji
Hadewijch (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont
Stars: Julie Sokolowski, Karl Sarafidis, Yassine Salime
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi
Stars: Kambuzia Partovi, Maryam Moqadam, Jafar Panahi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A story set in the former Yugoslavia and centered on a guy who returns to Herzegovina from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life.

Director: Danis Tanovic
Stars: Predrag Manojlovic, Mira Furlan, Boris Ler
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad
Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Ali Alavi
Mitra Hajjar ...
Sara P. Alavi - Ali's Wife
Mahmoud Babai ...
Policeman
Malek Jahan Khazai ...
Ali's Mother
Fatemeh Alijani ...
Orphonage Receptionist
Mansour Dowlatmand ...
Police Officer
Sara Kamrani ...
Orphonage Nurse
Ismaïl Amani ...
Young boy
Ali Mazinani ...
Reza - Young night guard
Naser Madahi ...
Basiri - Old Night guard
Saba Yaghoobi ...
Saba Alavi - Ali's Daughter
Ossta Shah Tir ...
Ali's Father
Said Hajmohammadi ...
Police Officer
Hossein Nickbakht ...
Hotel Receptionist
Hassan Ghalenoi ...
Policeman - Soldier
Edit

Storyline

In an act of vengeance, a young man randomly kills two police officers. He escapes to the forest, where he is arrested by two other officers. The three men are surrounded by trees, the woods. They are lost in a maze, a desolate landscape, where the boundaries between the hunter and the hunted are difficult to perceive. Written by Anthony Ray

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

8 April 2010 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Hunter  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The House Is Black (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Hunting Bears
Written by Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Edward O'Brien, Philip Selway and Thomas E. Yorke
Performed by Radiohead
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's as minimalist as a single-colour canvas, or simply boring
1 October 2010 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I viewed The Hunter at TIFF, entering the theatre without having researched anything about the film. The only thing I knew was that it was an Iranian film. Essentially, I went in with an open mind and zero expectations, yet I still came out fairly disappointed.

The film kicks off full of energy with a still referencing tense relations enjoyed between Iran and America since 1979. We meet a lower-class average man named Ali who sports the same sullen face from beginning to end. Is he angry simply because his employment as a watchman doesn't afford him much time to see his family, or is there a deeper plot about his time spent in prison? We never find out. Why did he go to prison? We never find out.

Occasionally, Ali steals away from the city (where he's bombarded with political propaganda, which again is not touched upon in any detail) to a quiet area in the country he knows very well; a hunter and his trusty rifle alone in the wilderness. Ali stalks an unknown prey, and fires off a couple shots (probably the most exciting part of the film, as the gunshots are devastatingly loud). What is he hunting? We never find out. Does he actually kill anything, or bring it back home? We never find out. He must be the most incompetent hunter in the world, or he's letting off some steam. We never find out - especially given that he maintains the same sullen face upon returning home.

Even when his family dies as a result of a shootout between the police and "insurgents", Ali oddly expresses little, if any, reaction. Was his wife secretly an "insurgent" (and did he know?) or was she merely caught in the crossfire, as the police told him? We never find out. Why does he express zero emotion at the sight of his dead child's body? We never find out.

Eventually, with nothing to lose, he finally expresses some talent in hunting by plucking off two police officers driving down the highway. With the authorities chasing after him, you'd expect some feelings of anxiety or excitement, but it's too strewn out to be much enjoyed. Worse, a second plot that develops about the corruption of the two police officers who apprehend Ali drags out long enough for me to check my watch.

The Hunter is a film that appears constantly to reach for deeper themes, deeper emotion, and a deeper plot, but always falls short. Any promising element succumbs to extreme minimalism, which, ironically, destroys the element of art in film making by trying to be so artistic. It's not ambiguous, it's vague. It's not subtle, it's empty. And it's not patient, it's boring.

Such minimalism causes the viewer to imagine plot development, and it is the source of major frustration. It's like imagining vivid additions to a canvas painted in a single colour, but why are we making stuff up in our minds when the art piece should be guiding us along to the story? There is so much rich substance the director, Rafi Pitts (who stars as Ali), could have incorporated even slightly into the plot - namely Ali's past and his (and his family's) involvement with national politics. A quick and simple explanation that he served time for involvement in "insurgent" activities, for example, would have connected beautifully to his murder of two authorities from the state.

In my opinion, it wouldn't have taken much for Rafi Pitts to incorporate greater elements of political tension or character development (and background), as it's obvious there is a lot of rich substance to be drawn. Ultimately, The Hunter is a draft sketch of a screenplay prematurely put to the camera.

I'm sure an ivory tower film critic somewhere would praise The Hunter for its deep questions, but the reality is that the only question most will have after viewing the film is, "What the hell actually happened in that hour and a half?" And in case I entirely wrong about The Hunter, and I am actually too blind to notice a deeper connotation in the film, I award it 1 star out of 10.


22 of 66 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Hunter (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?