David Gordon Green’s Snow Angels begins with the discordant sounds of a small-town high school band practicing on a football field under gray skies. It ends with the angry cry of a heartbroken grandmother calling to her dog from a back porch. In between, we become acquainted with intertwining tales of lust and romance, each at different stages of development or demise, which illustrate how glorious and painful declarations of love can be.
Green is a southern filmmaker whose previous three movies (including the critically acclaimed George Washington) were quiet meditations on the difficulty of growing up and growing old. He has been heavily influenced by the great art filmmaker Terrence Malick, who has championed Green’s work. Like Malick, Green tends to tie his stories to nature, urging us to appreciate the world his characters are surviving in.