Time of anger

Time of anger

Time of Wrath

               Genre: Drama
               Murder, prison, hunting, police, riot, Berlinale 2010

hunting scenes in Iran

  Ali (Rafi Pitts) was recently released from prison. Now he must be glad to get even a job with a security service. Since he is but as a result of his prison stay tend uncertain, it is assigned the night shift, which means that the silent man and avid hunter his wife Sara (Mitra Hajjar) and his six year old daughter Saba (Saba Yaghoobi) hardly gets to see. And this loneliness and isolation, it is for this man to feel omnipotent, if this is not always was anyway.

When he comes home from work one day, Sara and Saba are gone. First, it appears this is not unusual, but when they do not return for hours, he is worried. Finally, he turns to the police, where he is first interrogated for hours, and one asks him strange questions, until you came out with the truth: Sara came by chance in a shootout between police and insurgent elements and was killed. About Saba, however, is not known. Ali goes on a search for his daughter, she is his last straw, but it’s no use. In the end they too is found dead, and again he must to identify to the morgue.

The loss of Ali’s daughter and powerlessness are the catalyst that ferments for a long time probably in it. He now makes what he does best: go on the hunt. But not on animals but on people. With his gun he placed himself on a hill above the town highway, a police car takes to target and pulls the trigger. He then fled into the woods, where he is always chasing otherwise. And because the police quickly attaches to his heels, is now himself the hunted Ali, who is eventually provided by two police officers and arrested. But instead he brought to the state power, will the EHRC of either an example of him, after he killed one of their …

Strange as breathlessly listening to the content of the film also – Rafi Pitts describes all of this rather tough and leisurely and builds instead on some pretty hedged and then again right panel metaphors to describe the Iran as a country on the brink of civil war. On the one hand, the arrogant and corrupt state, on the other, a faceless mass of rebels, which we have never seen is if any of which tells time or whose cries of “Down with the dictator” once we hear on the street. In between the individual, in this society can not function any longer.

A really very promising starting point, from the Pitts but the bottom line makes too little. With longing one remembers last year’s Berlinale competition entry Darbareye Elly / Elly by Asghar Farhadi About that much more elegant and described mainly acting convincing everyday life in Iran. In the press conference after the premiere of his film at the Berlinale, said Rafi Pitts that he himself on the first day of shooting had taken over the role of Ali, as the real main character was found to be unreliable. This was among many decisions to be adopted by a director in the course of a film, perhaps the most crucial and decisive Wrong. You have to leave the cinema with the feeling that this film would have been quite relevant, if we can its main character and his concern over the course of 92 minutes, only one had been brought little closer. But as it is felt that the repeated significant social criticism and Grading of the country would have significantly more powerful and compelling can be precipitated, or even need.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Time of Wrath Original Title: The Hunter Country of production: Germany, Iran Year of Production: 2010 Length: ( #) 92 (Min.) Distribution: New Visions

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