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After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, a self-styled Sherlock Holmes, Doug (Cris Lankenau), returns to Portland to live with his more responsible big sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn). He lands a dead-end job working in an ice factory, but soon finds an opportunity to use his passion and skill in detective work when his ex-girlfriend, Rachel (Robyn Rikoon) goes missing. Enlisting a team of ramshackle slacker-sleuths, Doug leads his team down a complex trail of clues and increasingly close to the discovering the mysterious truth about Rachel. COLD WEATHER is a charming mystery -- simultaneously a rich detective story and an affecting tale of siblings uniting after years apart. With it's own idiosyncratic spin on familiar genre conventions, the film features the lyrical style, lush camera work and naturalistic performances that have established director Aaron Katz (DANCE PARTY USA, QUIET CITY) as a major talent to watch. COLD WEATHER premiered to critical acclaim at the 2010 SXSW, San Francisco and Los Angeles Film Festivals.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 59
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: With only the most natural of conversations and an exacting relay of close-ups, intimate two shots and meditative landscapes, Mr. Katz reveals how the self-knowing individual becomes known to others, and me turns into we.
Rotten: The world's first mumblecore ''thriller" - a good idea for a movie that someone, in the future, should execute a bit less lackadaisically.
Fresh: This is a slacker detective story, emphasis on the slack, and if you can downshift into its loping rhythms, it's pretty wonderful.
Fresh: Something finally happens about 40 minutes into Aaron Katz's amiably low-key feature.
Quirky, strange, gives you that feeling of uncomfort.
I enjoyed it emensly!
Oh incompletion, oh stasis, just a bit more plz.
As a lover of early unresolved endings, of Portland Oregon, and of this story, I could have really used another 35 to 75 seconds of narrative progress. Seems like the production ran out of money and had to rush/cut. Sis pushes her character pretty hard, we end in a Graduate-like what do we do now stare, and yet the situation that begs a response from our dynamic sibling duo has not been sharpened enough into the cathartic precipice that seems like it might have been the filmmaker's underlying idea for the ending.
Weird, slow and boring. A break from Hollywood, but I think I prefer Hollywood after this.