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Arthur busses tables in a Chinese restaurant, plays trombone in the high school marching band, and has his eye on smart, funny, offbeat Lila — who definitely has her eye on him. But as Arthur takes tentative steps towards his first romantic relationship, the long time relationships of the adults around him teeter and crash, drawing Arthur into a vortex of events that will change his world forever.

From director/screenwriter David Gordon Green (Undertow), based on Stewart O'Nan's powerful novel and empowered by the bone-real performances of Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell and as Arthur, young Michael Angarano (The Forbidden Kingdom), Snow Angels captures the power of first love. And second chances.


"A great film!" Richard Roeper, At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper


"Grade A! Captivating!" Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


"Brave and magnificently performed." Jan Stuart, Newsday


"Green is a rare bird in American filmmaking: a humanist who knows how to tell a story." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune


"Revelatory as well as unsettling." Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

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Grady Harp, September 17, 2008 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
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SNOW ANGELS is a tough movie from a tough novel by Stewart O'Nan, an author who continues to explore the darker corners of everyday people's lives without necessarily offering a path of redemption for the found flaws. Director David Gordon Green has adapted O'Nan's fine book for the screen, made some odd choices in the narrative line, but manages to maintain the pervasive sad and almost hopeless atmosphere of a little Pennsylvania town in the winter that is besieged by events that bruise the lives of many people.

Arthur (Michael Angarano, who continues to impress with superb acting) is a high school kid, working as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant where his 'dream girl' (ex-babysitter) Annie (Kate Beckinsale) and Annie's best friend Barb (Amy Sedaris) wait tables, filling his spare time playing trombone in the high school band, and enduring the crumbling marriage of his mother (Jeanette Arnette) and teacher father (Griffin Dunne). Each of the characters we meet has baggage: Annie is separated from her ne're-do-well loser husband Glenn (Sam Rockwell) who haunts her with his desire to see his little daughter Tara while the confused Annie is having an affair with Nate (Nicky Katt), a male nurse, who just happens to be married to Barb. Though Arthur maintains his fascination and puppy love for Annie, he is drawn into the adult world by his fellow student Lila (Olivia Thirlby) who becomes Arthur's first 'romance' and physical experience. As Arthur attempts to form an adult outlook on relationships with Lila, the world in this tiny town becomes increasingly fragile. Little Tara strays from home only to be discovered during the resultant manhunt by Arthur who finds the child frozen in the lake. This tragedy only adds to Arthur's own tenuous coping with becoming an adult, and how Glenn and Annie deal with loss results in a profoundly sad ending that is accompanied by the incidental music of the high school band performing on a winter field in this place where things just happen.

There is little to add light to the story, except that the performances by each of the actors are exceptionally fine. Director Green manages to create a fine ensemble feeling from these actors and while there are few characters with whom we can consistently empathize, Green manages to draw well-focused small town folk who remain in the mind long after the film is ended. Not a happy film, but a solid one.

Grady Harp
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Feature Film Drama
Beckinsale, Kate
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