Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cold Weather

A mumblecore mystery film that feels exactly the way you'd expect a mumblecore mystery to feel. Nothing happens for about thirty minutes, except that low-ambition layabout (Cris Lankenau) has returned to his native city of Portland to live with his sister (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and work in an ice-factory. Then the brother's ex-girlfriend disappears and he decides to find her. Hence the mystery. Along the way there are numerous beautiful shots of Portland, almost always blanketed by dark clouds. Toward the end of the film there is a sequence that is so superbly done that it makes you wish that the movie didn't try so hard to be pokey and ambiguous. I wasn't looking for Michael Bay but a little bit of W. S. Van Dyke wouldn't have hurt.

Trieste Kelly Dunn was particularly good as the sister and I wouldn't be surprised to see her again in bigger budget affairs.

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