Cold Weather

(2010)

Genres: Drama

Review: Cold Weather

Transcript for Review: Cold Weather

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
THAT'S A SCENE FROM OUR NEXT FILM, A LOWKEY, LOWBUDGET MOVIE SET IN PORTLAND CALLED "COLD WEATHER."

IT'S ONLY PARTLY ACCURATE TO CALL IT A MYSTERY, BECAUSE ALTHOUGH THERE IS A MYSTERY AT THE CENTER OF THE PLOT, IT'S NOT THE SOLUTION TO THE CRIME THAT MATTERS, BUT HOW A SMALL GROUP OF ORDINARY PEOPLE REACT WHEN THEY FIND THEMSELVES HAVING TO PLAY DETECTIVE.

“COLD WEATHER” CYCLES THROUGH MANY GENRES, DRAMA, COMEDY, THRILLER, BEFORE ENDING ABRUPTLY AS IT FOLLOWS ITS CENTRAL CHARACTER, AN UNAMBITIOUS FORMER FORENSICS STUDENT WHO MOVED IN WITH HIS OLDER SISTER AND TAKEN A JOB AT AN ICE FACTORY.

CLIP FROM “COLD WEATHER”
>> DO YOU WANT TO GO TO THE COAST? WHALE WATCHING?
>> WHAT? I HAVE LIKE  NO. DOUG, I HAVE A JOB, I CAN'T JUST LEAVE AND GO WHALE WATCHING WITH YOU.

IGNATIY:
HE BEFRIENDS BE A COWORKER, AND THE TWO BECOME INVOLVED IN A MYSTERY INVOLVING A GIRL BOTH OF THEM HAVE DATED.

CLIP FROM “COLD WEATHER”
>> JUST LET ME KNOW.
>> IT'S RACHEL.
>> WHAT ABOUT HER?
>> SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO COME TO MY SHOW TONIGHT.  SHE DIDN'T COME. I HAVE THIS WEIRD FEELING SHE'S STANDING OUT OF HER MOTEL ROOM. I HAVE THIS WEIRD FEELING ABOUT THESE KINDS OF THINGS.
>> WHAT KINDS OF THINGS?
>> MYSTERIES.

IGNATIY:
THE STAKES ARE LOW, BUT, PERHAPS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO, THE CHARACTERS INVESTIGATE AS THOUGH IT WERE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

NOW, THE KEY TO GOOD MYSTERY FICTION IS A SENSE OF SETTING AND CHARACTERIZATION. THIS UNDERSTATED, NATURALISTIC TAKE ON THE DETECTIVE MOVIE GETS THAT RIGHT.

THE DIRECTOR AARON KATZ, WHOSE PREVIOUS FILMS HAVE ALL BEEN YOU TEMPORAL LOWBUDGET DRAMAS, CREATES TANGIBLE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE CHARACTERS WHILE ALSO INVESTING THE MOVIE WITH A RICH, ALMOST TACTILE SENSE OF THE PLACES THEY LIVE AND WORK.

"COLD WEATHER" BECOMES ENGROSSING AND INVOLVING EVEN AS THE SOLUTION TO THE CENTRAL MYSTERY BECOMES MORE AND MORE IRRELEVANT.

CHRISTY:
I LIKE THIS FILM A LOT TOO, AND IT'S KIND OF MUMBLE-COREISH, ON THE SURFACE, IN TERMS OF WHO THE CHARACTERS ARE AND HOW THEY LIVE.

IGNATIY:
KATZ IS, KIND OF, A FOUNDING MUMBLE-CORE DIRECTOR.

CHRISTY:

RIGHT.  BUT THIS IS MUMBLE-CORE WITH A PURPOSE, THIS ISN’T PEOPLE SITTING AROUND ON A COUCH COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW HORRIBLE THEIR LIVES ARE AND THEY DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING AND THEY CAN'T FIND LOVE.  THEY --

IGNATIY:
THAT'S REALLY NOT WHAT MUMBLE-CORE IS ABOUT.  I THINK YOU’RE MISCONSTRUEING IT A BIT.

CHRISTY:
SOME OF IT IS LIKE THAT, THOUGH, WHERE IT’S, YOU KNOW, IT'S TALKING ABOUT SEEMINGLY NOTHING.

FOR A WHILE, THEY'RE LIVING THEIR LIVES, NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS. THEY GO WHALE WATCHING, AND THERE'S A GREAT SHOT DURING THAT SCENE WHERE HE HOLDS TWO OF THEM FROM FAR AWAY, THEY'RE EATING AT A BENCH, HANGING OUT, YOU GET A REAL SENSE OF WHO THEY ARE – THE BROTHER AND SISTER – AND HOW THEY RELATE TO EACH OTHER.

AND AGAIN, IT'S VERY NATURALISTIC, AS YOU POINT OUT, BUT THEN SLOWLY, STEADILY, YOU GET THIS TENSION THAT BUILDS, AND AGAIN, IT'S ABOUT NOTHING.  ULTIMATELY, WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING INTO, IT'S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL.

IGNATIY:
NO, IT'S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL, BUT ALL THESE DETAILS, I FEEL LIKE, BUILD UP TO THE POINT WHERE IT DOES BECOME KIND OF A TAUGHT THRILLER TOWARDS THE END, WHICH IS VERY SURPRISING BECAUSE YOU DON'T REALLY EXPECT IT TO GO AS FAR AS IT DOES.

CHRISTY:
I REALLY LIKE THE SISTER IN THIS, TRIESTE KELLY DUNN.  SHE SEEMS SO NATURAL.  

WE KEEP USING THE WORD “NATURAL”, BUT THAT’S REALLY THE BEST COMPLIMENT I CAN GIVE TO HER WAS THAT I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING REAL PEOPLE.

IGNATIY:
NOW, I WAS NOT A BIG FAN OF AARON KATZ' PREVIOUS TWO FILMS.  HIS PREVIOUS ONE, “QUIET CITY”, ACTUALLY STARRED THE SAME ACTOR, CHRIS LANKENAU, WHO I DON'T THINK IS VERY GOOD IN THAT FILM, BUT HERE HE'S A REALLY INTERESTING LEAD.

CHRISTY:
WELL, I CAME AWAY WITH THE GUY WHO PLAYS CARLOS AS WELL –

IGNATIY:
RAUL CASTILLO.

CHRISTY:
THEIR FRIENDSHIP MAKES SENSE TO ME, YES.