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SNOW ANGELS

Director : DAVID GORDON GREEN

Status: Completed

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Synopsis
Short synopsis

Annie Marchand, Arthur’s one-time babysitter and the object of his childhood adoration, is a young woman whose life hasn’t turned out right. While Arthur is entering into his first true romance with Lila, the eccentric new girl in school, Annie struggles to raise her four-year-old daughter alone. Her estranged husband, Glen, tries whatever it takes to get back into Annie’s life. And fails. All hope gone, he plans a final, desperate act.

An elegiac portrait of childhood’s end, of dreams broken and lost, of hope surviving in the midst of tragedy.

Long synopsis

Arthur Parkinson’s high school band practice is interrupted by the terrible noise of gunfire, announcing the tragedy that will devastate his small Northeastern hometown.

Annie Marchand, Arthur’s one-time babysitter and the object of his childhood adoration, is a beautiful and impetuous young woman whose life hasn’t turned out right. While Arthur is entering into his first true romance with Lila, the eccentric new girl in school, Annie struggles to raise her four-year-old daughter alone. Her estranged husband, Glen, recovering from a botched suicide attempt, seeks answers in a born-again church while trying whatever it takes to get back into Annie’s life. His attempts are met first with suspicion, and finally with hostility. Alone, all hope gone, he plans his final, desperate act.

Exquisitely shot by his long-term collaborator Tim Orr, featuring extraordinary performances from its accomplished cast (Kate Beckinsale truly astonishing as Annie; Sam Rockwell; Jeanette Arnette, Michael Angarano, Olivia Thirlby), SNOW ANGELS is David Gordon Green’s most assured and perfectly realized film to date. A truly affecting portrait of childhood’s end, of lives falling apart, of dreams broken and lost, of hope surviving fragile in the midst of tragedy.

Stark, heartbreaking, elegiac, terribly beautiful.