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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Chaske Spencer
as Virgil First Raise
David Morse
as Airplane Man
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
as Nicholson-Malvina
Gary Farmer
as Lame Bull
Alex Escarcega
as Young Virgil
Richard Ray Whitman
as John First Raise
Michael Spears
as Ray Long Knife
Saginaw Grant
as Yellow Calf
Cynthia Kipp
as Grandma
David Cale
as Bad Suit
Ken White
as Shiny Suit
Joseph Grady
as Ferdinand
Eugene "Matt" Weasel
as Young Ray Long Knife
Kyan Stead
as Youngest Mose
Patrick Cook
as Reporter
Jason Barkus
as Police Officer
Pam Veis
as Town Woman
Jordan Hopf
as Waitress
Jeff Medley
as Cavalier Clerk
Elodie Smith
as Little Girl In Diner
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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…

    Nick Schager

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • 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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