Whilst you can find every kind of genre in indie film across the globe, and we’ve seen a lot super interesting work over the years, the one thing that sometimes lets a production down is the ‘natural’ conversation within the film. It’s odd that major films can get away with it a little too regularly but with small films, this is a particularly all-important factor for longevity and critical acclaim.
I mention this specifically because quite impressively, with Writer/Director Todd Green’s Avalanche, he’s perfected getting it right and its single-setting, alongside the snappy script and clever cast, make it well worth your time. Set in the home of two of three of the characters we meet, the over-arching story is: “A librarian, his wife, and her lover become trapped in a house together and are forced to navigate the chaotic fallout of their indiscretions.”
Initially, we’re introduced to Stelio Savante‘s Nate, seemingly setting up cameras around his house for reasons we don’t yet know but he seems like he’s planning something, whether that’s major or not, it feels very much like it’s important. Nate’s a little insular but seems like a nice guy, this is purposeful and Savante plays it well and over the course of the film, each character will show you both their strengths and weaknesses. Interestingly, their weaknesses are probably what puts them all in the situation they end up in.
The other two characters are Nina, played as sassy and exciting by Autumn Withers, she’s a woman who has possibly loved her past life, and the aforementioned Nate, but found her days lacking, so she’s turned to the opposite of her husband and that’s Gideon Emery‘s Greg. He’s the classic, confident outgoing type who’s not afraid to take control but also oddly likeable. But with these latter is, the truth is that their relationship is probably based on their sex life, which is displayed via their chemistry and interactions but it might not be enough when it comes to the wider picture.
While underneath Avalanche there’s some serious comments on affairs and the possibility of death, you’ll have to watch to find out why, Todd Green‘s film is far from dark and dull. Whilst we delve inside the lives of others and revealing the secrets within, we’re also shown those well worn doubts when reality sets in. However, Avalanche isn’t remotely miserable or intense, it’s really funny but with a highly entertaining dark, comedic sense. Like those stories the Coen brothers find, it’s all the more impressive for it and when you thrown in three fine lead characters, there’s an awful lot to admire in this debut feature.