Snowman's Land
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In this wry German dark comedy, Walter (Jürgen Rißmann) is a professional hitman who has just botched a job. Forced to leave the city, he reluctantly takes up an offer from eccentric crime boss Berger (Reiner Schöne) to protect his house (and young, pretty, free-spirited wife Sybille) in a remote region of the Carpathian Mountains. At Walter's side is Mickey (Thomas Wodianka), his chatty, thrill-seeking old friend. After a freak accident, what seemed to be a nice, easy holiday job for the hapless pair soon becomes a comically nightmarish fight for survival. Stunning cinematography of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"Any charm evaporates amid the rampant amorality."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Despite on-point performances, the story is too pitted with holes and loose ends to permit the film a bump from meh to marvelous."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A tonal hodgepodge ever at odds with itself, Tomasz Thomson's unctuous, tongue-in-cheek debut is far too self-satisfied with its jokes for any to really be funny."
‑ Calum Marsh, Slant Magazine
"A zany Teutonic character-driven film noir that's filled with deadpan comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Thomson is more successful at visual composition than narrative momentum; would-be sequences of black comedy are too stretched out to benefit from timing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Unfortunately, the images are more inviting than the narrative."
‑ Steve Erickson, Village Voice
"Fun, often droll crime thriller about a grungy slob of a hit man given an assignment in the remote, snowy Carpathian Mountains provides a nifty ride for both more demanding audiences and the usual suspects looking for raunchiness."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Just when it's lulled you into complacency, it springs back to life - and death."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Tonally, Snowman's Land feels like a German throwback to a '90s indie, but without the energy-the pacing is languid to the point of aimlessness ..."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"A gloomy comedy that's funnier in theory than in practice."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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