Short films have always intrigued me. So when I heard about Cold Snap I latched onto the opportunity to see it.
The story is as simple as they come. A young boy who possum hunts sees a mother next door. She invites him in and they begin a steady friendship. A soon to be mother, she gets some experience caring and nurturing the young boy. When her baby doesn’t come through the boy can only watch from a distance at the demise of the heartbroken mother.
Backed up by a wonderful score, Cold Snap really tugs at the emotional heart strings. One moment happens straight after the woman loses her child. A close up shot of her empty face captures a defeated soul, one unwilling to carry on through the battle of life.
I was struggling to make a guess as to how old the boy is. For someone that tall and teenage looking he still has a relatively high pitched voice, which is barely coherent for important parts of the narration.
There isn’t any dialogue within the film, only a voice over from the young boy.
Leo Woodhead has modestly succeeded with Cold Snap. While I’m not amazed by it, I am still impressed. The balance is good. Excusing the shaky cameras and moments where you have to lean in very close to hear the dialogue you come away feeling challenged and also slightly confused. Why did the film end this way.
I suppose the weightier things in life are often tricky to manage. Supporting those around us may ease the storm but it won’t remove it. Seeing a young person making sense of everything happening was another winner. Our perspective on making sense of it changes as well to a younger age.
The title itself lends weight to what happens. “After the first frosts I remember it was right around this time that things took a turn.”
Shot on location in the beautiful Horopito, Raetihi and Ohakune area.