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The Hunter review

The Hunter review

When tragedy befalls his family, car-factory nightwatchman Ali (writer/ director Rafi Pitts) grabs his rifle and goes scalp-hunting in this neo-realist western set in Tehran.

Contrasting the brutal machinery of industry with the brutal machinery of state (corrupt cops, the Ayatollah hammering away on the radio), there’s a political message here somewhere, but Pitts (the actor) is such a Mount Rushmore of inexpressiveness it’s hard to invest too deeply.

Luckily, Pitts (the director) conjures moments of alluring bleakness evocative of Melville, including the best fog-based car chase you’ll see all year.

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