Thu 15th August | 6:30pm | Dendy Opera Quays
Dir: Zach Clark, US, 2013, 82 min | Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough, Joe Swanberg
A satirical suburban black comedy full of sex, drugs and heart-warming Christmas cheer
It’s Christmastime in Virginia and pretty, unassuming 32-year-old real-estate agent Suzanne is doing swell: she just sold a house to a nice polyamorous couple, her weatherman husband Jeff scored a new job in Hawaii and her favourite holiday is quickly approaching. When tragedy strikes however, she goes into a tailspin as her life begins to take new and unexpected directions.
While the genre doesn’t often include coke-fuelled parties with strippers and orgies with the neighbours, White Reindeer is a moving Christmas movie. Writer-director Zach Clark displays an impressive command of tone, weaving moments of raw tenderness with laugh-out-loud scenes of devious black humour. Embracing Christmas movie clichés while defying audience expectations, this is one of the best American scripts of the year.
Screens with short film “Asian Gangs”
“Eagerly pokes the mythology surrounding the holiday season narrative to find something hauntingly beautiful lurking beneath it." – Indiewire
Official Selection, SxSW Film Festival 2013
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