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White Reindeer

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Zach Clark

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About the Movie

Christmas time is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington: she just sold a house to a nice swinger couple; her weatherman husband Jeff scored a sweet new job; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching. After a sudden tragedy takes Jeff away, Suzanne is left lost and lonely. Even worse, a friend of his confesses a secret: there's another woman. Her name's Fantasia and she works at the "girl club." In their grief, the two women form an awkward but meaningful friendship. Pushing away the ghosts of Christmas present, Suzanne falls into Fantasia's world of dance parties, shoplifting and substances! But maybe that's not what Suzanne's looking for either...

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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90%
  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A cool, kinky tale of sudden bereavement, sexual adventure and hard-won hope. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Dec 5, 2013

Fresh: Hollyman takes this woman's barely controlled dignity on a quietly brave, revealing ride. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Dec 19, 2013

Fresh: There's radiance in White Reindeer's darkness, which is what winter solstice festivals have always been about in the first place. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Dec 3, 2013

Fresh: The chipper and heartwarming trip along the seams of the gingerbread suburbs is driven by Hollyman, who shines as a middle-class Everywoman who regains command by losing control. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Dec 2, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Dark, perverted, hilarious.

The holidays can bring out the best and the worst in each of us. White Reindeer is a dark tale of loss and atonement set against a backdrop of kitschy holiday cheer. The film pulls it off in a way that's identifiable and believable, in large thanks to the twisted but authentic humanity of the characters and the beauty of the photography. It's never predictable and often hilarious; one of the best independent films I've seen this year.

Great Christmas movie?

Or greatest Christmas movie?!

A Strangely Beautiful & Oddly Familiar Xmas Story

Well, "The White Reindeer" is certainly not the usual Christmas fare. That said, it is so sincere and its lead Actor, Ms. Hollyman, lends so much to this dark tale that one comes out the other side of it smiling and yet, somehow, wistful. It is about loss that we all experience and what we do in spite of it to deal with that loss, sometimes something we don't want to think about, maybe something as simple as the reindeer not eating the carrots in the backyard on Christmas morning when Santa Claus visits us, though I don't remember that part of Christmas. The film asks us to ask ourselves how we feel about something we refuse to think about and what we feel about whatever we do think about every year. Whatever the experience is for the individual we all share the loss of that magic. Hollyman is a treasure. I'm not sure everyone would like this film but we think it is more than worth anyone's time. The writing is excellent and the acting is superb. It isn't arcane but it is decidely a trip that sometimes feels like a visit to The Twilight Zone.

White Reindeer
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

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