We had the opportunity to review this excellent film for our magazine Point North Tidings and we have been urged, as long time Amazon.Com buyers to reprint it here.
This October, lovers of family-friendly films will have a real treat with the release of A Christmas Snow on DVD. Having interviewed Tracy Trost, the director, and Catherine Mary Stewart, who has the female lead, we anticipated a real treat when we were permitted to preview the film. Nor were we disappointed as we found this to be one of the most outstanding Christmas films that has come out in years.
The plot is centered around Kathleen (Catherine Mary Stewart), a hard business woman who has been greatly hurt by the past. Right before Christmas her boyfriend Andrew (Anthony Tyler Quinn) asks her to look after his daughter Lucy (Cameron Ten Napal) while he is away on a business trip. The fireworks between the daughter and possible future mother make a story in itself. Then the enigmatic Sam comes on the scene, as delightfully played by Muse Watson. This mysterious figure appears to be a homeless man on a quest. He is taken in by Kathleen, and a major snowstorm and the failure of electricity force the three to live together through Christmas.
While all of the acting is superb, there is special chemistry between Stewart and Watkins that testifies to their depth as performers and their ability to get the most out of a scene. For Stewart especially, this film makes the most of her ability, using her in every scene and requiring that she go through the gamut of emotions.
It must also be mentioned that in some independent films, sadly family ones, the quality of photography, sound and music can be a problem. That is not the case with A Christmas Snow which we believe will measure up to any film from a major motion picture company. Director and founder of Trost Moving Pictures, Tracy Trost uses the utmost care in his work. This has already been tested in several major film festivals where the film has been previewed. It has won top awards including best picture and best direction.
In our opinion, if this were a theatrical release it would be a candidate for Oscars in several categories. Definitely best actress for Catherine Mary Stewart.