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Winter in the Blood (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 August 2014 (USA)
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Virgil First Raise wakes with a shiner and a hangover in a roadside ditch on the stark but beautiful plains of Montana. As he rises to face the day he sees a vision of his father lying dead... See full summary »
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Virgil First Raise wakes with a shiner and a hangover in a roadside ditch on the stark but beautiful plains of Montana. As he rises to face the day he sees a vision of his father lying dead at his feet. Impossible-- his father froze to death in a snowdrift years earlier. Virgil returns home to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's taken his electric razor and his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out to find her-- beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated encounters, sexual skirmishes, and improbable cloak-and-dagger intrigues with the mysterious 'Airplane Man'. Virgil's quest also brings him face-to-face with childhood memories and visions of his beloved, lost brother Mose-- some glorious, some tragic. Only when Virgil seeks the counsel of an old, blind man named Yellow Calf, does he grasp the truth of his origins and begin to thaw the ice in his veins. Written by Anonymous

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Young Virgil: Where are we going, daddy?
John First Raise: We'll know once we been there, enit?
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A very sad story...
18 February 2016 | by (Mono, Ontario - Canada) – See all my reviews

I found this to be quite a sad film to watch. I felt real bad for the main character who went through hell looking for his wife probably abandoned him while also having to deal with his painful past. Imagine what he had to go through! But I don't think the film went into enough detail as to why his wife left him.

Anyways.. I think the title 'Winter in the Blood' is appropriate for this film in the metaphorical and allegorical sense. The words 'winter' and 'blood' go hand in hand in that 'winter' denotes the cold hard reality of what the main character had to go through in the film while 'blood' symbolizes the deep trauma he experienced while encountering those mysterious forces.

But I found it especially hard to take early on when one of those boys shot at the hawk and seriously injured it! It was real heart wrenching to see that because it is a very bad omen for one to shoot at a hawk in any Native culture! I think that one incident eventually caught up to the one who shot the hawk. Of course, it's hard to say what kind of problems he would have had when growing up but my hunch tells me that it all stemmed from the hawk shooting. The kids' grandma then gave them both heck for doing that. I cried throughout that sequence because it was so sad!! Anyways... this one gets a 7 out of 10.


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