Winter in the Blood

Winter in the Blood

DVD - 2013
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"Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana. He stumbles home to his ranch on the reservation only to learn that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's stolen his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out to find her, beginning an odyssey of inebriated intrigues with a mysterious "Airplane Man," a beautiful barmaid, and two dangerous men in suits. His quixotic, modern-day vision quest moves Virgil ever closer to oblivion--until he discovers a long-hidden truth about his identity. But is it too late?"--Container.
Publisher: [Missoula, Montana] : Ranchwater Films, 2013
Branch Call Number: DVD WINTER 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen,enhanced for 16x9 television
video file,DVD video,dual-layered,region 1


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Oct 19, 2020

With ghostly flashbacks and fuzzy drunkard stupor, the film explores the Native American experience, focusing on the family and social circle of a young lighter-skinned man who has always lived on a Montana Reservation. The beautiful soundtrack is a pleasant bonus to this unexpected gem. Per wiki, based on the 1974 novel by Native American author James Welch, whose parents were Blackfeet and A'aninin; he grew up on their reservations.

Oct 26, 2018

I liked this film and thought it warranted more than the two stars I see by the title while typing this. Adapted from the 1974 novel of the same name. Probably a little too real for folks, or too young to understand. Worth the watch.


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Oct 19, 2020

Where are we going, Daddy?
-Guess we'll know when we've been there, huh?
Sometimes you have to lean into the wind to stand straight.
Comin' home was not easy anymore. It never was a cinch, but it'd become a torture. My throat ached with a terrible thirst. I was as distant from myself as a hawk from the moon. I was caught in the in-between space. My body was vulnerable to the spirits.
My big brother, Mose, and I always wanted to be cowboys. Because in the movies,
the cowboys always won. ... At least, that's what our father, First Raise, told us.
You gotta treat these woman rough once in a while or else they forget!
Why Canada? What's up there?
-It's what isn't up there that counts.
Those border guards love harassing Indians. They can't imagine any Indian who wants to go to Canada.
-Oh, man, you know nothing about intrigue. It is the Indian that gets harassed, right?
-Well-Well, the guards will be so busy badgering you, they won't pay any attention to me.

Oct 19, 2020

I'm First Raise's son. My father brought me here once, during the winter.
-Yes. You were just a squirt. Same as now.
They called you Yellow Calf.
-I'm called many names, but that one will do. Some call me Batman. They say that I drink the blood of cattle during the night.
My mother says you're dead.
-But I guess you're dead and you don't even know it, huh? Bein' dead isn't so bad... once you get used to it.
I'll keep that in mind.
He was restless. You know, he never really stayed, and he never really left altogether. Just like all these damn Indians. Was just like you.
I'm not a half-breed!
-We all have the blood of our enemies... in our veins. We all... have the same amount of blood.
Well, I hope you don't mind the rain. But you probably like it. You were always good to be with. Even on a rainy day.

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