Whitewash

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5.81 h 31 min201413+
Thomas Haden Church stars in this darkly comic thriller about a snowplow driver who, after accidentally killing a man, attempts to escape the cops by fleeing into the harsh Canadian wilderness.
Directors
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais
Starring
Thomas Haden ChurchMarc Labrèche
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Suspense
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English [CC]
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English
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Producers
Luc DéryKim McCraw
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Oscilloscope
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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2.9 out of 5 stars

82 global ratings

  1. 18% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 25% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 18% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 10% of reviews have 2 stars
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BuckarooReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Go to sleep
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I have watched this movie probably 50 times or more. The first 20 or 30 I slept through most parts. It's really relaxing and quiet with a few small bursts of him yelling or some noise. And the lady who plays the waitress where he orders the two hamburgers and pie and beer, ah man she is so hot. I love that lady. She has a very small part but she look so good. Most times I will watch it and just see that part and sleep through the rest. I did figure out that the flashbacks are what really happened and not just him imagining things. First 30 or 40 times I thought the flashbacks were him imagining a scenario to tell the cops to try and make him look innocent. But no, the guy was about to kill himself, and he stopped him and invited him over to stay at his house, then the guy robbed him and stole stuff that was mementos of his dead wife, so he ran him down with his snow plow and killed him, then plowed him over and spent the winter way out in the woods. Looks like he got away with it out of sheer no one knowing what happened and him disappearing too.
6 people found this helpful
KBReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
As good as a Coen brothers film
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I don't get the bad reviews. This is a must watch movie. No its not an action movie. Yes it moves kind of slowly. No its not slapstick mindless comedy. But the acting, the character tension, the humor. This is as good as a Coen brothers film with many similarities. Do you like Fargo? Watch this. No Country for Old Men? Watch this. Top 20 all time movies I have seen. Watch this now.
11 people found this helpful
PeachyPatReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Slow descent into madness
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Other reviewers are correct in saying this is a slow moving movie. The main character starts out with some mental break down and events lead to further degeneration. It's a great piece of acting to carry a whole movie and keep the viewer engaged. He is not rational, so his decisions are not rational. I kept hoping he could find a way out of his predicament, but maybe there is none.
If you like a study of the human condition then you will enjoy this movie. His face tells the story as well as his words. Sometime better. I found it unnerving and haunting.
11 people found this helpful
sylviaReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
So what happens?
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FYI this review contains spoilers. This is another movie without an ending. This seems to be the current trend among filmmakers. I guess they do this to generate conversation about the film; so Nancy what do you think happened? I think he moved to Hollywood and works at a Chinese restaurant. The famous ambiguous ending of the Sopranos finale "Made in America" generated enough talk that the 'consensus' was people don't like open endings. However, I do feel it's acceptable if the filmmaker provides enough clues throughout the film to give the audience the information needed to reach the conclusion without actually showing it. I think there are some clues to show that there is no way out of it for Bruce in this movie. There are too many witnesses and Winter is over.
3 people found this helpful
CecilReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really Liked This...But The Ending
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I am a big Thomas Haden Church fan so decided to watch this. I enjoy adventure movies and those that favor character development and good storytelling over special effects, violence, etc. This follows a man who has become an alcoholic after his wife's death. He intervenes while a man is attempting suicide and takes the guy in...and then what happens next. Personally, I liked the story, the setting, and unlike other reviewers, found the pace just fine. Would give this 5 stars were it not for the ending, which kind of leaves you hanging. If you like fast paced movies that are built on action, special effects, etc. this may not be for you. But, if you like a good story that gives an introspective account of how a man handles tragedy, his self-demons, and an unfortunate development with an opportunistic stranger, you may really like this.
Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
It was cold, dark, bleak and pretty good.
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Drinking and driving… even a snowplow… isn’t a good idea but running away was a worse one.
The movie is told through flashbacks and some pretty brutal cold scenes in the middle of a snowy forest so the scenery is great. There’s no need to pick it apart but it is slow moving and it focuses on how what Bruce has done affects him and how he tries to deal with it. the ending isn’t neat and tidy but you can pretty much guess how it would have ended based on what has happened up to that point. I liked it and that’s all that I expect from a movie anymore.
5 people found this helpful
Blue SpruceReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good acting, plausible situation, twist at the end.
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Good acting. Plausible situation. Twist at the end. Don't know why so many scored it so low. Most 3 star movies have bad acting and bad scripting. Not so this one. I would say this is a 4 star movie but I gave it 5 to try and counteract some of those lower scores.
8 people found this helpful
Ice NineReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Alcoholic plows his way into the future
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Not particularly poignant or witty, slow, sparse, but apparently there was enough there to keep me watching until the anticlimactic end. Actually, anticlimactic implies that there was a build-up to something, and there wasn't. I didn't dislike it, so it's a three. Seemed very Canadian to a non-Canadian. Take that as you will.
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