Meandering Toward a Mystery

Set in the burgeoning hipster enclave of Portland, Oregon, Cold Weather is a Sherlock Holmes-style detective movie funneled through the lo-fi ethos of mumblecore. This languid, slacker whodunit follows Doug (Cris Lankenau), an unassuming Joe floundering in creative limbo, after jettisoning a career in forensic science. He moves back in with his sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn), lands a menial job at an ice factory, and reconnects with ex-girlfriend Rachel (Robyn Rikoon). When Rachel turns up missing — after checking into a hotel room with a phony name — Doug begins a casual investigation, along with Gail and Carlos (Raul Castillo), a coworker smitten with Rachel. Writer/director Aaron Katz has created a refreshing oddity out of seemingly shopworn material, rebranding the classic mystery in a modern, realistic milieu. The film is more visually ambitious than its mumblecore brethren, and the ambivalent, percussion-heavy score is delightfully intrusive. It opens Friday at Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Tickets cost $5 to $9.50. Call 561-549-2600, or visit
Fri., April 22, 2011

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