In Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi’s “Snow Angel,” a man has fallen from a ladder in his home and breaks his back. Unable to move and with the ladder resting on top of him, he calls out endlessly for help and curses his predicament.
Charles Lo Manto, who plays the fallen man, improvised most of the film’s dialogue. But the drama of the character’s fate is diluted by the director’s ill-advised visual approach. “Snow Angel” is a visually static production – the entire 73-minute film consists of 20 shots taken from two separate angles, plus a single 12-minute continuous shot. This physically stagnant view of a physically stagnant person becomes tiresome very quickly, and “Snow Angel” ends up as a monotonous experience rather than a compelling experiment.
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