White Reindeer (2013)



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Christmastime is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington: she just sold a house to a nice swinger couple; her weatherman husband Jeff scored a sweet new job; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching. After a sudden tragedy takes Jeff away, Suzanne is left lost and lonely. Even worse, a friend of his confesses a secret: there's another woman. Her name's Fantasia and she works at the "girl club." In their grief, the two women form an awkward but meaningful friendship. Pushing away the ghosts of Christmas present, Suzanne falls into Fantasia's world of dance parties, shoplifting and substances! But maybe that's not what Suzanne's looking for either...(c) Official Facebook
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Anna Margaret Hollyman
as Suzanne Barrington
Laura Lemar
as Fantasia
Nathan Williams
as Jeff Barrington
Joe Swanberg
as George
Chris Doubek
as Detective Ross
Marisa Molnar
as Latifa (Stripper)
Fernanda Tapia
as Fresca (Stripper)
Yvonne Erickson
as Suzanne's Mother
Leo Erickson
as Suzanne's Father
Melodie Sisk
as Sweater Model
Ellie Nicoll
as Real Estate Lady
Mahogany Ayot Eerised
as Real Estate Lady
Lee Ji-Young
as Real Estate Lady
Ayesis Clay
as Fantasia's Mother
Isaac Shedd
as Ronnie
Maggie Ross
as Grocery Store Clerk
Tom Neubauer
as Priest
Ray Converse
as Chubby
Allen Brooks
as Security Guard
Colleen Clark
as Macy's Co-Worker
Evan Allgood
as Mourner
Kevin Clark
as Mourner
Joani Peacock
as Mourner
Brenda Sol
as Mourner
Skizz Cyzyk
as Strip Club Patron/Black Cat Dancer
Chris Holland
as Strip Club Patron
Andrew Hylton
as Strip Club Patron
Derek Litchfield
as Strip Club Patron
Matt O'Grady
as Strip Club Patron/Black Cat Dancer
Joe Tropea
as Strip Club Patron
Mitchell West
as Strip Club Patron
Nasreen Alkhateeb
as Black Cat Dancer
Gavriel Cotton
as Black Cat Dancer
Andrew Doucette (II)
as Black Cat Dancer
Tad Peyton
as Black Cat Dancer
Dioni Rey
as Black Cat Dancer
Mundy Spears
as Black Cat Dancer
Brynn Tucker
as Black Cat Dancer
Tommy Watkins
as Black Cat Dancer
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Critic Reviews for White Reindeer

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

A film about grief and Christmas cheer that reveals a big heart without pulling its darkly comic punches.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Luckily, [Clark] has a cast that elevates the puerility into genuine pathos and absurdity.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Hollyman takes this woman's barely controlled dignity on a quietly brave, revealing ride.

Full Review… | December 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

White Reindeer is compelling in many ways...Unfortunately though, her story isn't fully rendered or realistic, playing the same note for too long.

Full Review… | December 7, 2013
The Playlist
Top Critic

The White Reindeer is a deliberately awkward little movie, and it's a hard one to shake.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A cool, kinky tale of sudden bereavement, sexual adventure and hard-won hope.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for White Reindeer

Original, but definitely not a "Christmas movie" as such. Set in December, a woman returns home to find her husband has been murdered, and shortly after, that he was cheating on her for months with a stripper. The movie is her coping in various ways, including drug use, befriending the stripper, spending all her money online and attending her neighbors sex party. All of this is shown in quite an ugly and confronting way. Things don't tie up nearly, there is no cheesy family Christmas ending, though there is a sense of her coming through to the end of the grief and hurt. A lot is left to the viewer to interpret, which a lot of people don't like. It's not a comedy either. I liked it, but it won't suit all tastes. So be warned!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

While the indie film White Reindeer is an interesting character drama, it kind of loses its way halfway through. The story follows a real-estate agent whose husband is killed a few weeks before Christmas, and after learning that he was having an affair, she spirals out of control. Anna Margaret Hollyman gives a good performance, but it becomes hard to sympathize with her character after a while. And the message of the film is really muddled; it's not about forgiveness, or redemption, etc., etc. White Reindeer lacks focus and ends up being incredibly disappointing.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Wow. What is there to say about this film. There's definitely competition between this, and Loveless Zoritsa for the worst film I've seen this week. I mean, what is going on in this film ? Her husband dies and she cries once, and seems to be okay with it. I wanted depression ! I wanted something out of this film that would touch me on an emotional level; explain the sorrows of losing someone. But instead, she starts hanging out with the stripper, Autumn (who later you find out is named Fantasia, which really, isn't much better), whom her husband cheated on her with. Why ? I have no idea. Then, she turns to burning all the money she has on clothes, and Christmas decorations, doing loads of cocaine with Autumn and her friends, and eventually, going to a sex party. The acting is horrid, even from the lead actress. Autumn, especially, was horribly acted. It was like a job done by a high school student. Don't see this film, it will frustrate you. There's no logical sense in the movie. Worst of all are the scenes in which the women do cocaine, and there are just white lights flashing. No idea what the effect is meant to symbolize, but it irritates your eyes to the point that you can't look at the screen anymore. It's funny that I'm criticizing the film, because it was one of my most anticipated at the festival. It didn't turn out the way it's synopsis described it, not at all. So my recommendation is to stay away from this one, because it's one of the most bland, boring, and worst films I've ever had to witness.

Anthony Le
Anthony Le

Super Reviewer

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