First Snow (2006, USA/GER) C-102m. ** D: Mark Fergus. Starring Guy Pearce, Piper Perabo, William Fichtner, J.K. Simmons, Shea Whigham, Rick Gonzalez, Jackie Burroughs. Pearce plays an aggressive travelling salesman, who decides to have his palm read while his car is being repaired but doesn't like the outcome. Obviously the palm reader has seen something not right in his future. Should Pearce believe him, or go his own ways? Soon several coincidences show that the palm reader was right. Existential psycho drama with echoes of MEMENTO (2000) never cuts loose but remains interesting, evocative. Fichtner lends credible support as Pearce's colleague. Good score by Cliff Martinez.

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