Indie Gems: Snow Angels

Being a born again Christian doesn't always make you a good person.
Glenn (Sam Rockwell) is a man that's nearly falling off the wagon again. He's seperated from his wife, Annie. (Kate Beckinsale) He's trying to prove that he's a good person and can be a good father to their young daughter. He's found The Lord, and is on his way to starting a new job and hopefully leading a better life. Annie doesn't think he can do it. She's slightly depressed and angry. She's a waitress at a diner with Arthur, (Michael Angarano) whom she used to babysit as a child. Her story intertwines with his, and his crush on Lila. (Oliva Thirlby)

The ending of this movie is ultimately very depressing, but everything leading up keeps you invested an interested. I found myself wishing there was a little more of Arthur and Lila and less of Glenn and Annie, but that was because Glenn and Annie were such flawed individuals. You want them both to be good parents and good people, but their dark sides get in the way of that. The snowy setting helps set the tone, and the actors do a great job. I felt myself wanting a little more towards the end of the film, but overall a good movie for a quiet afternoon.

Snow Angels was based on a book, which I haven't read. So I can't compare the two.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "I'm ready.." - Annie (Kate Beckinsale)


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