First Snow

Directed By: Mark Fergus Starring: Guy Pearce Piper Perabo

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An intriguing thriller about a man whose life spins out of control after a psychic tells him his days a renumbered. Now, with his ultimate fate looming nearere, he becomes obsessed with revisiting his past in hopes of changing his destiny before it's too late.


Studio Sony
SKU 205562732
UPC 043396224490
UPC 14 00043396224490
Format DVD
Release Date 2/3/2009
Rating Rating
Psychic Powers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Jimmy (Guy Pearce) is a smooth-talking salesman who finds himself making a detour after his car breaks down on a desert highway. To pass the time, he pays a visit to a local palm reader, Vacaro (J.K. Simmons). Vacaro makes a few positive predictions for him, but then appears deeply disturbed by a vision. Jimmy demands to know what he saw, but Vacaro refuses to tell him, and won't even accept payment for the reading. A few days later, Jimmy becomes uneasy when various predictions begin to come true. He returns to Vacaro and begs to know what is in store for him. Vacaro admits that, yes, Jimmy's days are numbered, and he is to meet his fate--whatever it may be-- upon the first snowfall. The news causes Jimmy to descend into paranoia and fear, and he begins to behave irrationally--endangering both his job and his relationship with his girlfriend (Piper Perabo).What tragedy is about to befall him? Should he worry about his heart murmur? The threats from a disgruntled ex-employee? Or his ex-best friend, a convicted felon, who has recently come back to town? He turns his life inside out, racing to alter his destiny before the first snow. ^Guy Pearce gives his usual electric performance, perfectly capturing Jimmy's slick egotism, and later, his wild-eyed fear. His puzzle-like quest for the truth combined with the film's noir-style is at times reminiscent of MEMENTO, though the pace is a bit slower, and the plot a bit clunkier. But the film does still manage to pose some intriguing questions about the idea of fate, and the notion of each life being on a pre-destined path. Like MEMENTO, FIRST SNOW will leave viewers scratching their heads in wonder, if not feeling more than a little spooked.
Entertainment Weekly "Pearce puts his fears more up front than any actor....He keeps you poked and prodded with anxiety." -- Grade: B 04/06/2007 p.58
Box Office "[B]olstered by yet another pitch-perfect Guy Pearce performance..." 06/01/2007 p.90
Mark Fergus
Guy Pearce
Piper Perabo
Cast & Crew
Bob Yari - Producer
Cliff Martinez - Original Music By
Devorah Herbert - Production Designer
Eric Alan Edwards - Cinematographer
Ernst August Schnieder - Executive Producer
Guy Pearce - Actor
Hawk Ostby - Writer
J.K. Simmons - Actor
Mark Alan Duran - Art Director
Mark Fergus - Director
Mark Fergus - Writer
Piper Perabo - Actor
William Fichtner - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 22449
UPC 00043396224490
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Like most intelligent movies that dare to demand that the movie viewer think by pondering the question of predestination versus self-determination, First Snow is a downbeat affair. The interest here isn't whether the main character will circumvent fate (not something likely to happen since such an occurrence would violate one of the movie's themes) but how he will greet the inevitable...First Snow keeps audiences guessing - not necessarily about how the film will end but what path things will take to get there. Atmosphere enhances the themes. This might be New Mexico, but it's cold and getting colder. Snow, often used as a metaphor for purification, represents the harbinger of doom. It's fascinating and a little grim to observe a character caught in this kind of trap. We're all going to die but there's some solace in not knowing how or when. Knowledge is not always a good thing and observing how one individual handles this unusual fantasy-tinged situation provides enough compelling drama to make Mark Fergus' debut feature a source of suspense, intrigue, and philosophical musing.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review The film was directed by Mark Fergus, who, along with co-writer Hawk Ostby, was also one of the scribes responsible for the brilliant Children of Men screenplay. In his directorial debut, Fergus displays the same kind of technical skill and resourcefulness one finds in a low-budget thriller like Blood Simple or Mute Witness. The whole movie oozes atmosphere, thanks partly to some evocative New Mexico locations, but mostly to Fergus' ability to do a lot with a little. He may not have a big budget to work with, but he's extremely adept at milking his modest situations, as in a scene in which he generates sheer terror simply in the way he edits and frames a conversation between two guys on a telephone. His sense of timing is nearly perfect; he consistently ratchets up the tension without forcing it, and reveals information to the audience at precisely those moments when it means the most...With its quiet, unassuming style and brooding intelligence, First Snow isn't the kind of movie that announces itself, but it's well worth seeking out, especially for moviegoers who complain that "they" don't make movies for grown-ups anymore.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Pearce,Guy
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer A haunting neo-noir about a man told by a palmist that his karma is about to run over his dogma.
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...a fine sense of place and a small but terrific turn by veteran actress Jackie Burroughs.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...a short story with a metaphysical twist, but Pearce puts his fears more up front than any actor I can think of.
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter Pearce is riveting as a go-getter who finds himself trapped between a murky past and a future defined by ambition.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times A noirish thriller that revels in ominous visual moods, deepened by Cliff Martinez's spare, shivering guitar score...

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