Cold Weather

  • 15
  • Aaron Katz (2010)
  • US
  • 103 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Director Aaron Katz's follow-up to the excellent but little seen Quiet City and Dance Party, USA is a teasing blend of mumblecore melodrama, whodunnit mystery and domestic comedy. After a split from girlfriend Rachel (Robyn Rikoon) and dropping out of his forensics degree, Doug (Cris Lankenau) now prefers to stay at home reading crime fiction when not working in an ice factory in Portland, Oregon. However, his older sister (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and workmate Carlos (Raúl Castillo) refuse to let Doug become a recluse. When Rachel disappears, they assist the would-be sleuth in his search for clues. Despite being satisfyingly baffling, the case proves something of a MacGuffin, as Katz is actually more interested in the interaction between the Sherlock Holmes-obsessed Doug and his indulgent sibling. Nevertheless, Andrew Reed's shadowy cinematography and Keegan DeWitt's percussive score reinforce the mood, as Katz plays delightfully droll games with genre convention.

Plot Summary

Mystery drama starring Cris Lankenau as Doug, who drops out of college and goes to live with his sister back in Portland, Oregon. Without any great plan, he spends his time reading detective novels and working a late-night shift at a factory. But when an old flame re-enters his live and promptly disappears, Doug suspects something is amiss and is galvanized into action.

Cast and crew


Cris Lankenau
Trieste Kelly Dunn
Raúl Castillo
Robyn Rikoon
Jim Warden
Jeb Pearson
Brendan McFadden
Motel clerk
Ben Stambler
Katy Rothert


Aaron Katz

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Axiom Films
Released 15 Apr 2011
Certificate 15

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