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White Reindeer (3 stars)

An interesting alternative to generic Christmas movies starring Anna Margaret Hollyman

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White Reindeer

(Solo Media & Matchbox Films)

With our Wish List accompanying this issue, it seems we are now officially free to use the C word. Not everyone wants the enforced saccharine sentiment that accompanies so many Christmas movies and White Reindeer takes a very different route than the usual yuletide fluff clogging up the multiplex.

A quirky low budget indie drama, Suzanne Barrington's (Anna Margaret Hollyman) December gets off to a particularly traumatic start. This tragedy sets off a series of unusual encounters as this seemingly prim and proper real estate agent veers out of control. Lost, alone and drifting through the festive season she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a stripper (Laura Lemar-Goldsborough), over-compensating by over-indulging in cocaine, swinging and candy.

There's a seam of coal black comedy but don't expect the big laughs of Bad Santa; Zach Clark's film is far more subtle and grounded. White Reindeer is too downbeat and maudlin to become a true Xmas classic but offers an interesting alternative with a vaguely heart-warming message about muddling through the trials and tribulations of our flawed and fragile lives.

White Reindeer

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 82 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Zach Clark
  • Written by: Zach Clark
  • Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough, Joe Swanberg, Nathan Williams, Chris Doubek, Melodie Sisk

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