Not being a huge fan of the holidays (especially, on Christmas Eve) I usually write about Santas who slay or Kris Kringles that kill. Well, on this blessed day I write about a new Indie Dramedy now available through your local Cable company's On Demand service or iTunes, entitled "White Reindeer", that is just as deadly to holiday cheer as any Horror flick. A satire that wrings in Christmas. That is, wrings its proverbial neck.
Anna Margaret Hollyman stars as Suzanne Noel Barrington, a woman who recently suffered the irreversible loss of her husband weeks before her favorite day. A day that was supposed to be full of whatever she wished for. Instead, she ends up with a lump of coal where her heart should be.
Hollyman inhabits this role. Dramatically displaying loss, anguish and the bewilderment of someone who suddenly has lost it all. Delivering a deft performance.
The film explores how she deals with her grief, mostly by being selfish and careless. She does things to put herself in jeopardy to feel alive, like partying with strippers or visiting her new neighbors during their swinging parties.
Meanwhile this movie parodies online over-consumerism and fake holiday sentiment, before Suzanne regains herself and actually shows some heart. Delivering a real message of how one can solve their own problems by giving to others.