Cold Weather

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Cold Weather

Aaron Katz (2010)

15 Certificate


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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.


A man with a love of detective stories goes to university to become a forensic scientist, but ends up dropping out and returning to his home town. When his ex-girlfriend disappears without trace, he puts his knowledge of mysteries and investigative skills to the task of finding her. Drama, with Cris Lankenau and Trieste Kelly Dunn.

Cast & Crew

Doug Cris Lankenau
Gail Trieste Kelly Dunn
Carlos Raúl Castillo
Rachel Robyn Rikoon
Jim Warden Jeb Pearson
Swen Brendan McFadden
Motel clerk Ben Stambler
Mom Katy Rothert
Director Aaron Katz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Axiom FilmsReleased on: 15 Apr 2011