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And one of the most interesting things about the film is its mostly seen from the eye of Arthur, who is more of a side character in the grand scheme of things. I now understand why the people walked out of the screening half-way through. I now can understand why some people may not enjoy this film. This movie may not go in the directions that you hope or wish it would.
But David Gordon Green does not make simple films. Some people who may not like where it goes might be appeased by knowing that the movie was adapted from a book. I tend to agree, but not in this case. Sam Rockwell gives the best performance of his career. Coming from a nonreligious liberal background, I have to compliment Green on his portrayal of a sympathetic born again evangelical christian with problems. And the movie asks the question: When you put all your hope in god and he fails you, then what? Comment Now!
Peter Sciretta is a film geek and popcultured fanboy living in Los Angeles. The author states that Finland experiences an exorbitantly high trend of domestic violence anyway and hints that this time is worst of all. Thompson does a good job of describing a dark season of cabin fever that has become a pervasive part of the local culture. Because of the wintry setting and the murder mystery, I could not help but think of the Coen brothers brilliant film Fargo starring Frances McDormand and William H. Another similarity between Fargo and Snow Angels is the dark comedy elements amidst the gritty subject matter and the humanistic reality of the characters juxtaposed against the sobriety of the investigation.
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All jokes aside, this is a mature and adult fiction. His characterization and dialogue are spot on. Thompson's inclusion of and exploration of racism, sexuality, alcoholism and domestic violence serves to more fully describe his narrative and adds depth to his already potent story. As an aside, and this is for the Nordic noir Scandinavian crime fiction genre as whole — just an observation — but this is a particularly earthy style of writing.
In other works by Larsson, Mankell, and Nesbo and others no doubt we read frank images of urine, feces, vomit, smelly feet, bad breath, and armpits. A very good work from an author who, like Stieg Larsson, was taken from us far too soon. View all 5 comments. James M. Thompson, an American author, is married to a Finnish lady, and they live in Finland, and so quite fittingly, he sets his gritty police procedural there.
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My wife is of Finnish extraction in fact, a minor character in the novel shares her surname. Therefore I wanted to read Snow Angels. I've also exchanged several emails with Jim and I guest posted once on his weblog, Jimland , so we aren't strangers. At any rate, I was blown away by how Snow Angels excels on several levels: a sensitive romance between the James M. At any rate, I was blown away by how Snow Angels excels on several levels: a sensitive romance between the Finnish cop and his American wife, a detailed homicide investigations with lots of twists, and a vivid look at the Finnish culture.
There is beauty, and there is ugliness at work here. If grisly crime scenes leave you queasy, you might want to skim or skip over those parts. But don't overlook this polished gem of a crime fiction novel, easily one of the Top Ten I've read this year. View all 6 comments. Mar 18, Jim Coughenour rated it did not like it Shelves: crime4connoisseurs. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. I was happy to find a new Scandinavian crime series — this one's set in Lapland Finland during kaamos, the two sunless weeks before Christmas. Given the setting and the echo of the author's name, I was hoping for something hard-boiled, juicy and joyless. I got the joyless.
But I won't be coming back for any more of Inspector Vaara. The crimes are so lurid as I was happy to find a new Scandinavian crime series — this one's set in Lapland Finland during kaamos, the two sunless weeks before Christmas. The crimes are so lurid as to be laughable, and Vaara's interminable monologue even after being shot in the mouth about love, family, justice and Finland parodies Jim Thompson's logorrheaic lunatics.
Top this off with his pulsing paean to marital bliss, and you have a couple approaching the obnoxious acme of Spenser and Susan Silverman: I look around and see all I have to be grateful for. I'm surrounded by family.
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