There are a lot of movies out there that focus on dysfunctional families. Most of them are either wacky comedies, or sad dramas. Rarely do these movies capture the true essence of family life. Jessica King and Julie Keck do a great job of doing this in their short film SNOW BUNNY. This movie is a day in the life piece of Americana about Dean (Jeremy Price), his wife Abigail (Marci Ackerhalt-Price), and their two little girls. This flick shows the frustration felt by modern parents who feel they put their lives on hold for their children, and how they deal with that stress.
The story is really original and really could have gone one of two ways. I think that Julie and Jessica did a great job of building up the tension at the very end. They made the logical decision and ended the film in a way that fit the tone of the rest of the flick. The acting is good overall (even the kids Lia and Naomi Trinidad do a great job) and, as seems to be the strong point of King is A Fink Productions, the chemistry between the two leads works perfectly.
The film is shot and lit well. The acting is strong. The score is done well. Keck and King have a very distinct way of writing and shooting that is consistent across all their films I’ve seen so far. Their movies, this one included, are quirky looks at everyday life. SNOW BUNNY captures married life perfectly and should be seen by anyone feeling trapped in not only their marriage, but in any rut in their life. Julie and Jessica take advantage of every frame of this 26 minute short film and deliver a piece that is truth on tape.
SNOW BUNNY Review
FILM SYNOPSIS - "Snow Bunny" is a triptych of scenes spanning a day in the life of an American family. Dean and Abigail are having a "grown-up party." Abigail asks Dean to take their daughters, Mandy and Delilah, out for an afternoon drive so she can get ready. While out, Dean makes some decisions that will effect his daughters for a long time to come. Upon his return, Abigail tries to connect with Dean to get him in the partying mood. Thwarted by both Delilah's quest for attention and Dean's hostility, Abigail loses her cool and fights with Dean. Later that night, after the guests have left, Dean and Abigail stay up drinking cocktails and talking. Abigail continues her attempts to connect with Dean by bringing up the past. The push and pull of their interactions leads to an awkward expression of passion born out of an unhappy mixture of obligation and devotion.