Winter Passing

dir. Adam Rapp

It seems directors like to keep actress Zooey Deschanel paired up with leading men of her past. Most recently it was with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 days of Summer and before that they worked together on 2001’s Manic. But the first time this happened was with actor Will Ferrell, where they starred on screen in the off-beat Christmas comedy Elf in 2003. Ferrell and Deschanel were back together again when they teamed up for their second go-round in 2005’s Winter Passing.

Winter Passing is a story of a father-daughter relationship that has fallen by the wayside and this age-old concept of detachment and reconnection isn’t a new one but it was really enjoyable how writer/director Adam Rapp portrayed it.  Particularly in “Reese Holdin’s” (Zooey Deschanel) case she is at a broken, hopeless point in life where cocaine and meaningless sex help keep her warm at night (these dark and despondent roles seem to fit Deschanel so well), but when a publisher offers Reese financial incentive to retrieve some longed after letters between her two renowned writer parents she decides to go back home. There, she finds a dilapidated home and father, who has surrounded himself by some new family members. The story focuses on Reese’s struggle to rekindle her relationship with her father.

The cast of Winter Passing is one of great talent from a short appearance by Deirdre O’Connell who also starred in some of my favorites films, Dan Harris’ 2004 Imaginary Heroes and Charlie Kaufman’s 2008 Synecdoche, New York ( quick aside: he also wrote Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!). Ed Harris also gets to play a dingy old man so that’s always a good time and Will Ferrell’s strange comedy shines through in the film as well.

The quality of this trailer isn’t all that great but the official trailer is just too cheesy.

Written by Rachel Summers


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