Minnesota-made 'Cold November,' a female-oriented hunting movie, is right on target
"Karl Jacob's deftly layered "Cold November" is a simple, quietly rewarding Minnesota wilderness story...
Jacob presents the area and its people as oft-overlooked and underappreciated. He reveals them in ways that are richly embroidered with character and small-town details."
"There's a tone of matter-of-fact realism here that includes real deer being gutted and skinned, not the sort of thing the Humane Society favors, but a hard truth. It's as real as the scenes of the family sharing stories in the sauna, jumping into the near-freezing lake and howling in delighted agony...That attention to life's detail is what makes "Cold November" one of those low-budget, come-out-of-nowhere films that is a good surprise."
Cold November Review: A Quietly Powerful Coming of Age Tale
"Karl Jacob's Cold November, [is] a quietly powerful work that has shades of films like Winter's Bone and Hanna, yet tells its story in a way that's wholly its own. Cold November forgoes convention in order to explore a young woman's experience growing up in a way that packs a subtle, yet lasting punch."
Violence Beyond the Movies: Why This Filmmaker Loves Guns and Doesn’t Support the NRA
Director Karl Jacob pens a piece about gun ownership in the United States that shines a light on the inspiration for Cold November.
"Across the board, the acting from everyone is superb. Young Abas, with just one other credit to her name besides Cold November, gives a nuanced and believable performance as Florence."
"As a director, Jacob creates a haunting yet affectionate atmosphere, which plays well into Florence’s conflicted feelings. As things ramp up, the isolation and chaos surrounding the young protagonist fit neatly with the jaw-dropping cinematography of North America’s naturally beautiful landscapes."
Hollywood in Todo
‘Cold November’ Shatters Hollywood Hunting Stereotypes
" 'Cold November' relates to the gun as a normal part of life. The glamorization of firearms in movies and their demonization on the nightly news ignore this very normal and historical role of guns: a tool.
The result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, “Cold November” shows what an independent film can do when left alone to tell a story that is highly relatable outside of Hollywood."