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Review: Beautiful And Unique 'Winter In The Blood'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • August 20, 2014 7:05 PM
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Winter In The Blood
It’s been over a decade since twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith’s film “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. Their followup film “Winter in the Blood,” adapts a novel by Native American Montana author James Welch and is set in their home state of Montana, focusing on a young and troubled Blackfoot Indian, Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer).

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Winter In The Blood'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 17, 2013 11:58 AM
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It’s been over a decade since twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith’s film “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002, and their follow up film, “Winter in the Blood” returns them to their home state of Montana, this time focusing on a young and troubled Blackfoot Indian, Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer). Things aren’t going so well for Virgil— he’s developed a hell of a drinking habit (he wakes up in a ditch) and his wife Agnes (Julia Jones) has left him and taken his rifle and electric razor (probably to pawn for a drink). He lives on a ranch with his mother and grandmother, but he’s wayward, aimless, motivated only by where he might find his next drink and how he might get his father’s rifle back.

Watch: Exclusive Clip from LA Film Fest Drama 'Winter In The Blood,' With Music By Robert Plant

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 11, 2013 11:25 AM
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The Los Angeles Film Festival starts this week, and earlier, we brought you an exclusive teaser from one of the docs, "Levitated Mass," and now we have another exclusive clip from a film playing in the narrative competition, "Winter in the Blood." Directed by twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith ("The Slaughter Rule"), the film is an adaptation of a 1974 James Welch novel, which tells the story of a young and troubled Blackfoot Indian in Montana, struggling with alcoholism and inner demons.

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