Drifting Snow: Review

Drifting Snow: Review

Chris (Jonas Bonnetta) has a lot on his mind while driving which perhaps accounts for the car accident. An accident that forces him to give a lift to Joanne (Sonja Smitts) who happens to have a lot on her mind as well. It’s been a rough year for them both and with the prospect of having to drive into a snowstorm laid ahead of them, it’s going to be a long drive.

However, this gives them time to get to know each other and as they lay bare their souls to each other, they find they have more in common than they thought.

Drifting Snow is a contemplative drama set in the wintery Ontarian countryside of Prince Edward County, written and directed by Ryan Noth. A director with a background in editing and documentaries, his debut shows an eye for the world around him.

However, this is an ambitious first feature for director Noth, a story of two people meeting and getting to know each other whilst relaying their stories to each other may be a lot to take on. As is the unique way in which Noth decides to tell his tale, drifting as the title suggests, between the past and the present.

This technique may be a little off-putting for some as they may have to put more work into concentrating than they first realised, but it may help to lengthen the pace for a relatively short film.

Noth’s eye for pleasing aesthetics is best showcased here as the Canadian countryside really gets its due. With cinematographer Tess Girard laying out a winter wonderland for the audience, they can always decide to watch the world go by if the conversation runs a little dry.

Drifting Snow may also not be the kind of movie that an audience may want to sit down for on a lazy Sunday afternoon. However, despite a leisurely-paced movie with a pleasant setting, the themes of grief and loss may not gel with the scenery. This may leave Drifting Snow as divisive, but if the audience relaxes then they may just find something they like.

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