With surreal, brutal and powerful characters, Snowflake is the kind of film people will remember, and want to watch again and again.
Director Adolfo Kolmerer and all involved, have created an unearthly fairy tale world of criminals and heroes that is unparalleled! Murder and mayhem haven’t been this much fun since Pulp Fiction!
I am at a loss to describe Snowflake (also known as Schneeflöckchen), but I am going to try! Even though my mind literally exploded from all the input and I was left both incredibly entertained and physically exhausted, I love this film! What a unique otherworldly experience!
This is a film I am going to need to watch over a few more times just to see what I missed. I generally hate when movies have two hour run times, but Snowflake is a complicated story, to put it mildly, and it used all the time to a good and bloody end. How this amazing film was shot by a group of friends with a Canon SLR blows my mind. If Quentin Tarantino has not seen this yet, he needs to – I think he would be pleased!
Synopsis: While hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic Berlin of the near future, the outlaws Tan and Javid find themselves trapped in the wicked fairytale of a mysterious screenplay that entangles them in a vicious circle of revenge – apparently all written by a clueless dentist. In their quest for vengeance, they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairy tale assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero.
Wait what? Just that description made me want to see the film. Badly! Fairy tale assassins, a bloody angel, an electric superhero, revenge? Yes, bring it on! Even the idea of sub-titles didn’t take away the excitement of watching this German film, and I was not disappointed. It just got weirder, darker, bloodier and totally kicked ass!!
Snowflake follows the misadventures of Tan and Javid in their quest to avenge the deaths of their families. This is a Berlin of the near future. It is close to turning back time in a very bad way and returning to a Nazi-like regime. We begin with Tan (Erkan Acar) and Javid (Reza Brojerdi) fighting over their meal choice and it’s obvious that they are good friends. When they get up and reveal the dead bodies all around them, it is also apparent they are not nice guys.
After stealing a car, they find a screenplay that has the same dialog as what just took place. The boys freak out and go off to confront the author who turns out to be a local dentist. The aspiring screenwriter Arend (Alexander Schubert) is just as surprised as they are, but despite the torture they put him through, he proves that he knows what they are going to say…because he just wrote it. When he gives them a copy of what he has written so far, they are dumbfounded. Apparently, they have a lot of shit happening in the next few days, and most of it isn’t good.
Now, being a writer myself, this premise was fascinating. I write murder mysteries and horror stories. I watch people interpret my writing, but to have every thought in my head become brutal reality? Well, that is any writer’s dream – your characters literally coming to life. But is a writer responsible for what he writes?
In this case, it’s a cast from a dark fantasy nightmare, so the stakes for all them are high — a circle of revenge for every one of them. Our dentist doesn’t seem to understand this and joyfully keeps writing.
Next, we meet teenager Eliana (Xenia Assenza) who wants revenge on the men who killed her parents in a restaurant (you can guess which restaurant). Her parent’s ex-bodyguard Carson (David Masterson) introduces her to his father (David Grant), who may or may not be God, and through him they unleash a horde of crazy monster assassins after Tan and Javid.
The film is at no time linear, so we go back and forth in time, meeting the worst of the worst in this new Berlin of the future — cannibals, robots, Nazis, an electric powered vigilante named Hyper-Electro Man (Mathis Landwehr). Then to balance it out, we have Snowflake (Judith Hoersch), a beautiful angel.
Tan and Javid force the dentist to do rewrites, but no matter which way the story goes it is a darkly humorous, high body-count extravaganza, with an evil blood-soaked glee not seen since movies like Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
The question is, will Eliana have her revenge? Will Tan and Javid avenge their family’s deaths? And where do Hyper-Electro Man and Snowflake fit in? Well, you will have to find this visionary masterpiece for yourself. Watch it to the VERY end, after the credits, for a little added fun!
There are so many fascinating, yet horrible characters, and I was absolutely enthralled all the way through. This is what independent film making is all about – making a film about whatever you want, without Hollywood telling you what to cut out. This original and unique fairy tale would fit in well with anything the Brothers Grimm wrote, and I am truly inspired personally to write more complicated and interesting characters from now on.