The Hunter. 8/10.|
Willem Dafoe is a ... mercenary, gun for hire, big game hunter, basically a Muldoon with a beard, hired by a shadowy German company for shadowy German reasons which involve going into the Tasmanian wilderness to 'study the tassie devils' but actually to follow up on sightings of a Tasmanian Tiger, the remains of which are wanted for shadowy German research.
An essay in isolation, from the hostile community to Dafoe's inability to reach out to the tiger itself, all topped by the absolutely stunning (and endless) landscape. No surprise to see Sam Neill cropping up in this either, he seems wedded to tourism promotion and Australia's natural beauty. Plus he has vineyards down there.
Beautifully shot, unafraid of silence and slow pacing, it doesn't give you easy answers nor happy endings. Visually distinct, thoughtful and well worth a watch.
LB, you really are a massive geek.