Time of Wrath

Time of Wrath

Time of Wrath

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

hunting scenes in Iran

  Men in prison or those that have just been released from prison, if it previously a micro-trend of the Berlinale competition, give this is it. Rafi Pitts film time of wrath is no exception. Ali (Rafi Pitts) was recently released from prison. Now he must be glad to get even a job with a security service to. But as he is by virtue of his prison stay as a trend is uncertain, he 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, are, Sarah and Sheba away. First, it appears this is not unusual, but when they turn not back for hours, he is worried. Finally, he turns to the police, where he was initially interrogated for hours, and you give him a strange questions, until you came out with the truth: Sarah fell by accident into a shootout between police and insurgent elements and was killed. About Saba, however, is not known. Ali went off in search of his daughter, she is his last straw, but it’s no use. In the end, she too is found dead, and again he has to identify the morgue.

The loss of the daughter of Ali and powerlessness of the catalyst, probably for a long time fermenting in it are. He now does what he does prefer: to go on the hunt. But not on animals but on people. With his gun, he placed himself on a hill overlooking the city motorway, take a police car to target and pulls the trigger. Then he flees into the woods, where he goes elsewhere to hunt forever. And because the police quickly attaches to his heels, Ali himself is now the hunted, which is eventually arrested by two policemen and placed. But instead he should be extradited to the state power, what if someone statuie both an example of him, eventually he may have killed one of their own …

To listen breathlessly to the content of the film too – Rafi Pitts describes it all rather tough and leisurely and builds instead on a partially hedged somewhat, and then again very flat 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, who we never see, is told from those times, or perhaps their cries of “Down with the dictator” once we hear on the street. In between the individual who is not in this society for more work.

A really very promising starting point, makes the Pitts but the bottom rope too little. We remember with nostalgia at last year’s competition entry Darbareye Elly / About Elly by Asghar Farhadi, the incomparably elegant and described mainly theatrically convincing everyday life in Iran. In the press conference for his film Rafi Pitts explained that he himself had taken on the first day of shooting the role of Ali, as the actual main characters have proven to be unreliable. This was among many decisions to be taken by a director during a movie, perhaps the most crucial and decisive Wrong. You may leave the cinema with the distinct feeling that this film would have been quite relevant when us his main character and his concerns over the course of 92 minutes would have been brought only a little bit closer. But as we take this competition entry just shrug.

(Joachim Kurz)

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

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