Cold November

Synopsis: A midwestern matriarchy guides 12-year-old florence through the rite-of-passage of her first deer hunt.
92 min

[Florence crying]

[woman vocalizing]

[imitating police siren]

"Have you seen this girl?"

"No, we haven't, Officer Petey.

How long has she been missing?"

"Well, only since

last Friday,

but her parents

sure are worried.

Well, thanks, fellas."

[imitates engine starting

and police siren]

Ooh. Hi, honey.

Oh, this is great.

Is that a new building?



But it's really time

to get ready for bed, honey.

But, Grandma, Officer

Petey is on a mission.

Well, his mission is going

to be around tomorrow, too,

so why don't you... why don't you do

that stop time trick I taught you?

That's stupid, Grandma.

You can't stop time.

Oh, come on,

come on, come on.

Just give it a try.

Nobody's looking but me.


Okay, Grandma.

I'm ready.

All right.

Come on.

Nice job.

[woman vocalizing]

Hey. Did you brush

your teeth?


When is Mom coming home?

Well, she's working

late tonight

so that she can take time off

next week to hunt with us.

Now, you better get some sleep

because you're going to need it.

Good night, Grandma.

Oh, good night, honey.

Love you.

Turn out the light.

[Mr. Bill]

Now, if you passed...

your safety card

is attached to your test.

Congrats, kids,

and good luck

out there.

Be safe.

Be proud.

Bring me some venison.

[woman vocalizing]

What's wrong?

Why are people mean

to each other, Mom?

I don't know.

They just are.


It doesn't get any better

when you graduate either.

The world is...

just one big high school.

Why are you telling me this?

Sorry, baby.

I guess I had

a bad day, too.

[woman vocalizing]

That stew was really good, Mom.

Venison was perfectly cooked.

Well, that's what happens

when you follow a recipe, Mia.

You've got to cook it slow.


[Florence] Whose deer

was this one, Grandma?

Whose deer is this?


I'm not sure.

I-I lose track

after a while.

You know what? I think it

was mine from last year,

'cause I recognize my handwriting

on the freezer paper.

Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.

- [Georgia] I think you're right.

- Mm-hmm.

[Florence] Can I go play

out in the garage now?

[Amanda] You need to clean up first, Flor.

You know that.

[sighs] Okay.

[clears throat]

Who's that present for?

Hey there,

mind your own business.

That's just something

for one of my friends.

Oh. Well, you sure

it's not for me?

[Amanda] Well, that's a little

presumptuous, don't you think?


You're smiling.


[Mia] You know, I haven't heard

a peep from you about school,

and I heard that

someone might have gotten

their gun safety permit.

Yep, and got 100%

on the test, too.

- [Georgia] Ah, that's my girl.

- [doorbell rings]

No playing with

your cars tonight, Flor.

We got to celebrate.

[playing kazoo]


Look what the cat dragged in.

[all laugh]

- [balloon pops]

- [Georgia] Oh, God!

Oh, my gosh.

- Oh, my gosh.

- [laughs] Surprise!

[Florence] Where have

you been, Uncle Craig?

I drove straight up

from work.

From the cities,

right after work.

[Georgia] I didn't think I was ever

going to see you again, honey.

- [Craig] Hey, Georgia.

- [Georgia] Oh!

[Craig] I'm here.

Rest assured.

Now, what did you do

with this face?

Oh, come on, now. This trend... you

don't like the lumberjack look, huh?


Well, I'm just trying

to stay warm for the winter.

[Mia] How was the drive?

Grow it if I got it, right?

It was good, it was good.

I almost whacked

a buck on 73.

But other than that,

it was good.

No party is complete

without a present.

- It is for me! I knew it.

- Yes. [laughs]

I can tell it's going

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Karl Jacob

Karl Jacob is an American actor and filmmaker who is known for writing and directing the feature films Pollywogs and Cold November, and producing the Onur Tukel film Applesauce. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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