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11 Jan 2014

Home Video Review: Comedy 'White Reindeer' Is Offbeat, Dark and Uneven

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Anna Margaret Hollyman in White Reindeer. Anna Margaret Hollyman in White Reindeer.

Relative unknown Anna Margaret Hollyman shines in this offbeat and somewhat uneven dark comedy as Suzanne, a real estate agent who is falling upon truly hard times.

After learning that her weatherman husband (Nathan Williams) will be moving her to Hawaii, she goes to buy a Christmas tree and have some cocoa, in an effort to enjoy her last Christmas in Virginia. She then returns home to a tragedy that will turn her life upside down and send her on an Internet shopping spree.

Writer-director Zach Clark dances with the sort of grotesquely dark comedy that laces the films of Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse)—but not with the same, consistent success. Still, Hollyman is great, and Joe Swanberg is quite good as a home-purchaser with big plans for a new sex swing.

White Reindeer is now available at online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.

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