611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
Director in person — plus, come dressed in your favorite weird holiday gear, as our screening is a Bad Christmas Sweater Bonanza! When a jet-black satirical comedy tackles its subject with intelligent aplomb, we here at Cinefamily smile — and when a film in that vein backs up the sharp comedy with a genuine warmth, we get an extra-special tingle. Poised to become a perennial indie film holiday tradition, White Reindeer shines with its unique, delicate see-saw balance of acidic observations and affectionate touches. In a breakout, all-too-real performance, Anna Margaret Hollyman (The Color Wheel) is Suzanne, an uptight Xmas-loving woman who, at the dawn of December, finds her dream husband deceased, and her devotion in him dissolved after meeting Fantasia, the exotic dancer with whom he’d been cheating with. As Suzanne slides into Fantasia’s fast, wreckless world of dance parties, drugs and shoplifting, filmmaker Zach Clark takes on thirty-as-the-new-twenty, and shows a suburban America where sleaze and sadness may float on the surface, but hope and compassion aren’t too far away either.
Dir. Zach Clark, 2013, digital presentation, 82 min.