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Whitewash (2013)

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In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Haden Church ... Bruce Landry
Marc Labrèche ... Paul Blackburn
Anie Pascale ... Waitress
Sylvio Archambault Sylvio Archambault ... Cook
Yvette Auger-Pratte Yvette Auger-Pratte ... Elderly Lady - Diner
Bonfield Marcoux Bonfield Marcoux ... Man - Garage
Claire Jacques ... Cashier - General Store
Pierre LeBlanc Pierre LeBlanc ... Customer - General Store
Geneviève Laroche ... Woman - Cottage
Vincent Hoss-Desmarais ... Man - Cottage
Isabelle Nélisse ... Child - Cottage
Keir Cutler ... Friend - Cottage
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais ... Man - Lake
Marie-Michelle Garon ... Woman - Lake
Gaston Caron Gaston Caron ... Bruce's Neighbor
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In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience. But as both begin to close in, Bruce falls apart mentally and morally and mysteries unravel to reveal who he was before the accident, the truth behind his victim, and the circumstances that brought them together in a single moment. Written by Oscilloscope Pictures

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Hell can be a cold dark place.

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Drama | Thriller

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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czysty jak lza See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Bruce: [Leaving his snowplow] Au revoir, fucker!
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"And you know what I say? Goddamn, it's freezing."
5 July 2013 | by jan_kalinaSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing Whitewash at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival or KVIFF for short. I went to see this film while knowing nothing about it because that is sometimes the way you see films at KVIFF. You buy a ticket and go see a film that you know nothing about. I strongly recommend going into a movie which you know nothing about because that way you can enjoy it much more.

A snow plow operator accidentally runs over with his mini-plow a man walking on the street during a blizzard. That's all you need to know about this film's plot. What ensues after this accident is a the perfect blend of drama and black comedy. Surprisingly Thomas Haden Church's Bruce spends most of the movie hiding in his snow plow and trying to figure out what to do next.

Thomas Hadden Church gives here the best performance of his life. Very minimalistic though but very gripping and funny. The film shows how physically demanding Bruce's survival is. (The story is set in Quebec, so the winter there is very harsh) Thomas Haden Church portrays a man who is unwilling to die even though he is doubting if living is worth the struggle. But all this can be told with a lot of humor, even if the situation wouldn't be funny in real life.

After the screening there was a short Q&A session with the director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais. He said that although the winter looks very harsh, during the time of the shoot the winter was very wimpy so they had to help themselves with a few special effects. After the Q&A session ended I went up to the director and asked him for an autograph and asked him if the Coen brothers was an influence on this film. The answer was: Of course! The guy seemed like a very sympathetic fellow and I look forward to seeing more of his work.


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