Winter In The Blood


Winter In The Blood

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Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana, hungover and badly beaten. He sees a shocking vision: his father, ten years dead, lying frozen at his feet. Shaken, Virgil returns home to his ranch on the Reservation, only to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's taken his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out to town find her- or perhaps just the gun- beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated and improbable intrigues with the mysterious Airplane Man, his beautiful accomplice, Malvina, and two dangerous Men in Suits. Virgil's quest also brings him face-to-face with childhood memories, traumas and visions of his long lost brother Mose. Virgil, bloodied and broken by his quest, realizes that he must look inward for the strength he needs to survive. In the mountains, he seeks out Yellow Calf- an old blind man, who helps him grasp the truth of his origins. By embracing- and no longer fleeing- his memories, Virgil is finally able to thaw the ice in his veins.(c) Official Site

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The story captures a slipstream of memory and regret, interweaving past and present and what might be happening in Virgil's mind as he reflects on lost family and lost chances.

Oct 30, 2014 | Full Review…

"Winter in the Blood" portrays an often overlooked modern Native American life, and via the prose of James Welch, the film takes an unflinching and realistic look at some of the troubles that this community.

Aug 23, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Cursed with a vague, rambling script and an equally indistinct lead performance, the film is a scattershot series of vignettes about self-definition that, ultimately, never coheres into a lucid whole.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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The journey from page to screen may have battered Mr. Welch's novel, but its lamenting heart beats loud and clear.

Aug 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Winter in the Blood turns out to be the wrong kind of heartbreaker.

Aug 19, 2014 | Full Review…

[An] audacious, funny and often tender movie.

Feb 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

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