DVD: The Hunter (15)

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Set against a backdrop of Iran in upheaval, ex-con and security guard Ali Alavi is a man in isolation, working or hunting alone in the woods and never having enough time with his wife and daughter.

Caught in a robbery's crossfire, then coming up against the state's bureaucracy, the pressure drives Ali to a shocking act of random violence. He is pursued into the same woods he used to hunt, the predator becoming the prey. Rafi Pitts wrote, directed and also gives a moving performance as Ali. Yet, with little dialogue and much of the action occurring off-screen, the film is hard work. Rarely has 90 minutes felt so long.