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Snow Angels (2007)

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A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter.

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writers:

David Gordon Green (screenplay), Stewart O'Nan (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Annie Marchand
Sam Rockwell ... Glenn Marchand
Michael Angarano ... Arthur Parkinson
Jeannetta Arnette ... Louise Parkinson
Griffin Dunne ... Don Parkinson
Nicky Katt ... Nate Petite
Tom Noonan ... Mr. Chervenick
Connor Paolo ... Warren Hardesky
Amy Sedaris ... Barb Petite
Olivia Thirlby ... Lila Raybern
Gracie Hudson Gracie Hudson ... Tara Marchand (as Grace Hudson)
Brian Downey ... Frank Marchand
Carroll Godsman Carroll Godsman ... Olive Marchand
Daniel Lillford ... Rafe
Deborah Allen Deborah Allen ... May Van Dorn
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Storyline

On a cold afternoon, with snow on the ground, the high school band is practicing for the last football game. They hear shots. Flashback a few weeks before. Arthur is a high school student, bussing at a restaurant. Annie and Barb are waitresses there - Annie was Arthur's babysitter when he was little. She's now separated from her husband Glenn, who's on the wagon, starting a new job, praying to Jesus, and trying to prove he has his balance back so he can see more of their small daughter, Tara. Annie's seeing someone else, Arthur's parents have just separated, and Arthur is attracted to Lila, a new student at the high school. It's a small town, people's lives cross. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some will fall. Some will fly.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violent content, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sam Rockwell really did hit his head on the truck, and punch the tree. (reference an interview at vimeo.com/859232) Previously he had gotten tips from a stunt man on how to head-bang the truck without hurting himself too much. However, when he hit the tree with his knuckles, he did it for real, and hard. He visited the hospital in the evening. See more »

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In the scene where Arthur takes a swig from a bottle of beer hidden on the floor, he raises it with the label facing him. In the next cut scene, as he lowers the bottle, the label can be clearly seen facing the camera. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Chervenick: [talking to his marching band through a megaphone] Wrong, wrong, wrong! This is our last home game, people, and I don't understand what the problem is. Look at the person next to you. Do it! Look at the person behind you. I don't think we need the smiles. Thank you. Now we're all part of a formation. Every pers...
[megaphone squeals so he sets it aside]
Mr. Chervenick: Every person matters. Every step is an anticipation of the next. And if you don't think you have a complete concept of what we're ...
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Chinese Character 1
Written and Performed by John Leach
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music (ASCAP)
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Realistic and potent drama about relationships
30 August 2010 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 2007, "Snow Angels" is a drama revolving around a handful of ordinary couples, young and older, in a Northeast hamlet at winter time (filmed in Nova Scotia).

Some criticize that the film is depressing but it's inaccurate to say the WHOLE movie is depressing. Nor does it leave the viewer in a totally depressed state. There's a lot of beauty and hope amidst the shadows and darkness. Plus it leaves you pondering many things, including the numerous real-life people the characters remind you of. One of the storylines is tragic and depressing, no doubt, but that's not the whole focus of the story (although it is the dominant focus). The picture is about romantic relationships in various stages and whether they're successful or not depending upon their responses to the inevitable crises & temptations of life:

Arthur and Lila's high school relationship is just budding and seems healthy and promising.

Meanwhile Glenn and Annie's relationship has been devastated by Glenn's alcoholism and anger/obsession issues; Annie wants to move on but takes a foolish course of action. She's not only foolish, but also treacherous! Glenn is trying to recover from his personal demons, he even gets born-again, but for some reason he has a hard time getting over his ex and moving forward with life. His struggle between the positive and negative forces within us all is real. Both Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale are outstanding in their roles, Rockwell particularly so. In fact, I've hardly ever seen such a realistic and powerful performance. The viewer sees his sincere desire to improve his life but foolish and selfish temptations manifest when he's faced with rejection and tragedy. Will he take the wise or foolish path?

Elsewhere Nate and Barb's relationship hits its first major crisis: Nate is discovered to be unfaithful. Barb responds with fierce anger, at first, until a tragedy shows her true angelic nature.

Arthur's parents separate but maybe there's still hope for their relationship and family.

Glenn's parents are in the latter stage of a committed relationship, which seems to have been successful.

Glenn's loving & loyal retriever is the anithesis of Annie, who treats Glenn with hostility and desires to move on in life, away from him; although this is understandable, the viewer can't help but empathize and root for Glenn in light of his sincere attempts to improve his life and reconcile with his ex. After all, he's genuine & humble, he loves his daughter (and vice versa) and he's not an unfaithful scumbag. Pay attention to the very last scene to discover the fate of Bomber.

Take note of the scene where one of the main characters takes down a painting of the cross and there's a kid's handprint on the wall accompanied by the word "me." This signifies the turn he's decided to make.

The film leaves the viewer with hope despite the foolish, tragic and criminal events - hope that love will triumph, a certain couple will stay together and a youthful couple will make wise decisions and overcome the potential pitfalls that destroy others. It could go either way. Yes, the young couple looks happy and natural together, but every couple is like that in the early years of their relationship. Although the movie shows someone's hostility toward another, it's revealed that the person in question used to help the other person focus on the positive side of life and the support was always comforting.

A young character is shown flirting with alcohol and pot; not all people get thrown off-track by flirting with such things, I know, but one main character obviously did. Will he?

Only time and wrong or right choices will answer these questions.

After seeing the film I read a story about a recent incident in Arizona that mirrors the main storyline in the film. It happens.

"Snow Angels" is reality. Once seen, you'll never forget it. Some will treasure it. My only complaint is that sometimes the camera bobbles around too much, which smacks of amateurishness. I realize the director was trying to be hip or whatever but the camera should never draw attention to itself. Fads pass away while solid filmmaking endures.

The movie runs 1 hour, 47 minutes.

GRADE: A-


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2008 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,247, 9 March 2008

Gross USA:

$402,858

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$414,404
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