Sunday, May 11, 2014


There's something about heavy snow that adds such great atmosphere so as to make any movie even better than it would otherwise be.  (Yes, 'Fargo' is the first to come to everyone's mind, but another great recent example is Deadfall.)  And add Thomas Hayden Church who is always amazing and you have yourself a movie worth seeing.  This time Church plays a lonely widow in snowy French Canada whose chance encounter with a down and out stranger has deadly consequences.  It's a dark, quiet, and atmospheric thriller.  The end payoff isn't great but Church is so good it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role.  Pair it with Blue Ruin and/or A Single Shot if you like the genre.

'Whitewash' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: A-

Who is this movie for?  Those who like dark, slow paced, atmospheric thrillers.  Many will be bored by it, but I dig these kinds of films.

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