In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Academy Award (R)-nominee 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. A darkly comic noir in the vein of the Coen Brothers, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais's WHITEWASH is a gripping exploration of a well-meaning Everyman at the end of his rope.(c) Oscope … More
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Critic Reviews for Whitewash
Largely because of a pitch-perfect final line and a Haden Church performance that brings a dose of needed compassion, Whitewash manages to keep its footing.
The viewer is left in a snowblind limbo that makes it awfully difficult to stay engaged.
An airtight demonstration of the maxim that no good deed ever goes unpunished.
Thomas Haden Church bridges the credibility gap in snowed-in fugitive tale.
Despite Church's solid performance, Whitewash feels so leaden in its gravity, it borders on dull.
This film effectively shows a descent into madness, of a man going crazy in the solitary confinement of a prison he himself built. It is also an effective story of crime and punishment.
Whitewash will have you rooting for a man who did a very, very bad thing.
In a tale of survival, in both the physical and criminal sense, Church lays out of an agenda that is both demanding of himself and philosophically sound.
A bemusing semi-thriller full of low-key quirkiness that's elevated by Church's personable performance.
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais' nuanced character study may run on many different cylinders, but all are tuned to the same end.
It's nowhere near as blackly funny as it wants to be, but Thomas Haden Church is strangely compelling as a man befuddled by the vagaries of fate.
With blood on his hands rather than a glass of Pinot Noir, Church brilliantly plays the same kind of likeable loser he played in "Sideways". This is a brilliant deconstruction of the criminal on the lam genre and a must-see.
Whitewash is a slight but suspenseful thriller from Canada that is ultimately worth watching due to Thomas Haden Church's gripping performance.
A specialized viewing experience for more adventurous audiences, but Whitewash is accomplished, darkly humorous, and features a focused turn from actor Thomas Haden Church, showing rare commitment here.
[...] It's a pleasure to report that Church thoroughly dominates the Québécois quasi-thriller Whitewash, even though there isn't much of a movie surrounding his remarkably cagey, practically solo performance.
Church has a flair for deranged humor delivered in his trademark deadpan, and in Whitewash, he's given the difficult task of playing the straight man to his own clown.
Whitewash is riveting thanks to the incredible and sharply funny performance of Church.
Hoss-Desmarais has talent for creating atmosphere and visualizing the disintegration of his main character, but it might have been better served in a short film.
I like the fact that Hoss-Desmarais is willing to sacrifice narrative energy to focus on the poetry of this guy who's lost in the woods... and is losing his mind.
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