Winter in the Blood

6.11 h 38 min2013NR
Winter in the Blood is a hauntingly beautiful film that is true to the lyrical and unflinching spirit of James Welch's classic 1974 novel of Native American life.
Alex SmithAndrew J. Smith
Chaske SpencerDavid MorseGary Farmer
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Julia Jones
Sherman AlexiePatrick CookNeil GobioffCarl HampeMichael HofacreSusan KirrWill MeredithJason C. Miller
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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book loverReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Disconnected yet oddly intriguing...
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This movie is odd in the fact that I didn't quite understand all of it (some of it is a bit dreamy, not only because of dream sequences, but spaced out like a weird dream, too), yet I can't escape the feeling that I just watched something truly wonderful. I have James Welch's book of the same name but haven't read it yet. Now that I've seen the movie and it's fresh in my mind, I intend to read it sooner than later, and hope that the book gives me added insight into what I just watched. As a side note, aspects of this movie reminded me of The Big Lebowski. One more thing: A.V. Club has a review of this movie which ends with this: "Cursed with a vague, rambling script and an equally indistinct lead performance, the film is a scattershot series of vignettes about self-definition that, ultimately, never coheres into a lucid whole." Disregarding the comment about the lead actor (Chaske Spencer) who was brilliant and believable, the comment is mostly true, but at the same time doesn't really do the film justice. It feels that way, yet there is something else going on here, too. Bottom line: This film requires some work from the viewer. Will definitely watch again.
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iojoveReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Engaging, funny, and visually stunning film
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Love this film! I've read the book a few times now because I was so intrigued by the adapation. It's hard to imagine that something as introverted and nuanced as James Welch's classic could possibly be recreated in this medium, which makes it all the more impressive. The filmmakers managed to bring the full essence of the novel and its mentally fragmented narrator to the screen while still putting their own unique spin on the story. The visual poetry of the film is beautifully engaging, giving a strong sense of geographical place as well as the protagonist's mental space. This, along with its thoughtfulness and some pretty hilarious moments, all coalesce into a stunning cinematic experience.
7 people found this helpful
Auburn Cinefile SocietyReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well done film
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This is a compelling narrative from up and coming filmmakers. It is well acted in almost every sense and represents the pathos and despair of not only American Indians but young people alike that cannot come to grips with life changing situations. I like it. You may get discouraged with the number of flashbacks but stay with it as it is worth it.
5 people found this helpful
Captain GrouperReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well done native movie
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Hardcore pain and hardship. The true life of what a lot of native people in the land endure because of the many things endured over the centuries. Tough movie but true to point. This native actor does this movie Justice.
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Delphine DarcelReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the watch, read the book.
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Read the book first. The movie and the book are a little depressing. The main character looked and "felt" like the character from the novel. I think it may have been less interesting and more confusing had I not read the book. However, some things were expressed more clearly in the movie.
2 people found this helpful
KMorelandReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
So glad it's on Amazon
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I have been waiting for a long time to see this, so happy it came to Amazon. It's a great story and the acting is superb. I love independent films, there is such substance to the story and they rarely ever disappoint.
11 people found this helpful
Sheila JanetReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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What a beautiful film. Everything about it is beautiful. I will watch again.
Dr. MacheteReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
a thoughtful movie
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Complicated enough to be interesting, this movie probes the contemporary Native American experience of one man. A psychological exploration of trauma, with some sweetness along with the pain. Worth watching.
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