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Cold Weather

By AARON MESH
Cold Weather, an unusually observant picture, thinks about details. You might say director Aaron Katz and his protagonist share an affinity for clues: About midway through the movie, Doug (Chris Lankenau) learns his ex-girlfriend (Robyn Rikoon) has flown her motel room, and puts his detective skills to work. Katz, meanwhile, patiently feeds us information about Doug, who typifies the Portland resident as somebody whose ambition got lost by the airline on the flight out here. The private-eye-as-slacker is no new archetype—think of Elliott Gould shambling through Altman’s The Long Goodbye, or Jeff Bridges in several iterations—but Doug is the first case of a slacker mesmerized by the image of gumshoeing, and its accouterments: A Sherlock Holmes buff, he even buys a pipe to puff on while the game is afoot. Cold Weather congeals into something very close to a potboiler, but all the while the director is looking in the opposite direction. He’s studying the stirrings of empathy, as Doug starts to realize that his sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn), though fathoms more mature and poised than he is, may also be a little lonely, and enjoying the company as much as the case. The movie, a small-scale triumph of humor and feeling, is the first to understand how, in an era when social supports come easily unglued, siblings are the family you get to choose. It’s elementary, Sherlock: Who needs Watson when you have a sister?
 
  • Genres: Comedy, Mystery
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, February 4, 2011
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: 88
  • Starring: Cris Lankenau [Doug], Trieste Dunn [Gail], Raul Castillo [Carlos], Robyn Rikoon [Rachel], Brendan McFadden [Swen], Jeb Pearson [Jim Warden], Ben Stambler [Motel Clerk], Katy Rothert [Mom], Paul Rothert [Stepfather]
  • Directed by: Aaron Katz [Director], Aaron Katz [Screenwriter], Brendan McFadden [Screenwriter], Ben Stambler [Screenwriter], Lars Knudsen [Producer], Brendan McFadden [Producer], Ben Stambler [Producer], Jay Van Hoy [Producer], Keegan DeWitt [Original Music]
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