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Snowman's Land (2012)

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In this wry German dark comedy, Walter (Jürgen Rißmann) is a professional hitman who has just botched a job. Forced to leave the city, he reluctantly takes up an offer from eccentric crime boss Berger (Reiner Schöne) to protect his house (and young, pretty, free-spirited wife Sybille) in a remote region of the Carpathian Mountains. At Walter's side is Mickey (Thomas Wodianka), his chatty, thrill-seeking old friend. After a freak accident, what seemed to be a nice, easy holiday job for the hapless pair soon becomes a comically nightmarish fight for survival. Stunning cinematography of the deceptively idyllic snowy landscapes and hardboiled, clever plot twists make Snowman's Land an unmissable genre classic. -- (C) Music Box Film

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Cast

Luc Feit
as François
Luc Felt
as François
Andreas Windhuis
as Waffenhandler
Ferdinand Fischer
as Opfer Toilette 1
Elmar Kuhling
as Opfer Toilette 2
Karina Iversen
as Frau Wettkneipe
Fang Dong
as First Girl in Restaurant
Hanna Dong
as Second Girl in Restaurant
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Critic Reviews for Snowman's Land

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

Any charm evaporates amid the rampant amorality.

September 27, 2012 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Thomson is more successful at visual composition than narrative momentum; would-be sequences of black comedy are too stretched out to benefit from timing.

September 27, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Just when it's lulled you into complacency, it springs back to life - and death.

September 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Despite on-point performances, the story is too pitted with holes and loose ends to permit the film a bump from meh to marvelous.

September 14, 2012 | Rating: 2/5
New York Times
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Unfortunately, the images are more inviting than the narrative.

September 13, 2012 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Tonally, Snowman's Land feels like a German throwback to a '90s indie, but without the energy-the pacing is languid to the point of aimlessness ...

September 13, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Snowman's Land

½

This is a competently made film with some good moments, visually, and some funny scenes. The problems come in with the narrative. The narrative is absolutely nonexistent. The movie just throws out this character that is fed up with being a hitman and seeks a change of profession and scenery. That's it, this is set up in the beginning of the film. The rest of it is absolutely nothing. There's no real motivation to keep watching since the movie is going nowhere at all. Like any film, it has its moments and it's not bad at all, it's simply dull due to its non-story. That's all I have to say, if there had been an effort to make the story interesting it could've been considerably better. Still an average film and some people will enjoy it more than I did.

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