WHITE REINDEER: A REVIEW FOR THE UPCOMING POSSIBLE WORLDS FILM FESTIVAL

WHITE REINDEER is part of the upcoming POSSIBLE WORLDS FILM FESTIVAL that takes place in Sydney at Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown – it is a festival of independent American and Canadian film – running from the 8th to the 18th of August. It has a phenomenal line up of films and if you want your mind broadened and want to see some great films that are not Hollywood made then suss out this festival. You can get all the information you need from HERE and now enjoy my review of my first viewed for the festival, White Reindeer.

 

White Reindeer - a Salty Popcorn Review for the POSSIBLE WORLD'S FILM FESTIVAL
White Reindeer – a Salty Popcorn Review for the POSSIBLE WORLD’S FILM FESTIVAL

 

White Reindeer is one of the most original Christmas films in years, it is part Bad Santa and part A Wonderful Life, it is what happens when Christmas goes to shit and how you would deal with it. It is somewhat heartfelt and deals with unassuming 32-year-old real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington, her life is rocking, she has just sold a house, is stoked for Christmas, is kind of a bit modern Stepford wife and her husband is a famous weatherman and has just got a job in Hawaii. Life is awesome. Except she comes home and finds her husband with his head blown to bits and she must deal with life during this cheery time.

What would you do? Would you surround yourself with friends and family and hide away from the real world? would you lash out and go crazy? would you suicide? the thing is you could never say what you would do until it happened. So this is the look at what one woman, Suzanne does. Not exactly what you would imagine, but in a moment of insanity she decides the best thing to do is get shitfaced, blow all her money and spend her time partying with a stripper, who happened to be her husband’s ex lover, while they were having an affair. You could call it the anti-Christmas classic film. Jump on the Xmas downward spiral to deal with how shit things have turned and meet the real people around you. From the innocent neighbours who are really sexually depraved slave swingers to to lovely stripper ex lover who is really a beautiful mum who loves to party. Bring on some grief corruption.

 

White Reindeer - a Salty Popcorn Review for the POSSIBLE WORLD'S FILM FESTIVAL
White Reindeer – a Salty Popcorn Review for the POSSIBLE WORLD’S FILM FESTIVAL

 

The film was funded with Kickstarter and American independent director Zach Clark has directed three features to date – Rock & Roll Eulogy (2004); Modern Love is Automatic (2009); Vacation! (2010) – that have proven to be warm yet confronting low-budget works that have divided critics and I have seen none of them – although I am very keen to after this independent joy. Clark brings this incredibly dark comedy to life with the brilliant acting of Anna Margaret Hollyman who portrays so much emotion with just her facials and the inner turmoil is quite evident – call it post death insanity but she really has no idea where she is or what she is doing – to her it is about the endorphin rush of spending money and the distractions of letting loose and having fun. Blowing off the steam so to say while still doing what you believe is expected of people during the festive season.

While beautifully made you can tell it is independent, it just has the look of low budget, with HD cams these days it could have been visually more impressive but this did not detract from the incredibly clever story. One thing that did bug me – why did she buy $5000- of online clothes but only ever wear one of the shirts? I loved all the Christmas decorations she brought – so joyously depressing and ironic – what she does with them at the end put a big smile on my face but how did she get all the directions while she was babysitting?? Hmm Hmm – irresponsible baby sitter haha

 

White Reindeer - a Salty Popcorn Review for the POSSIBLE WORLD'S FILM FESTIVAL
White Reindeer – a Salty Popcorn Review for the POSSIBLE WORLD’S FILM FESTIVAL

 

It is a fun independent film, it is not brilliant but it is enjoyable and unique and it is much more clever than a lot of high budget crap coming out of Hollywood recently – WHITE REINDEER will be playing Thu 15 Aug | 6:30pm | Dendy Opera Quays. And you can buy tickets HERE.

 

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