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Snowland (2005)

Schneeland (original title)
In the snowy landscape of Lapland, a newly-widowed writer discovers the traces of a bygone love story through which she finds a way back to her own life.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Thomas Kretschmann ... Aron
Julia Jentsch ... Ina
Maria Schrader ... Elisabeth
Ulrich Mühe ... Knövel
Oliver Stokowski ... Salomon
Ina Weisse Ina Weisse ... Helga
Joachim Król ... Rubert (as Joachim Kròl)
Martin Feifel ... Ingmar
Susanne Lothar ... Hilma
Caroline Schreiber Caroline Schreiber ... Britta
Beate Abraham Beate Abraham ... Mari
Brigitte Annessy Brigitte Annessy ... Tora
Richard Waler Richard Waler ... Elisabeth's oldest son (as Richard Waaler)
Alexander Sandberg Alexander Sandberg ... Elisabeth's youngest son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Per Andres Hippe Per Andres Hippe ... Sven
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In the snowy landscape of Lapland, a newly-widowed writer discovers the traces of a bygone love story through which she finds a way back to her own life.

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Faroese

Release Date:

20 January 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Snowland See more »

Filming Locations:

Sweden

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie is based on the book "Hohaj" by Elisabeth Rynell. See more »

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Very powerful Nordic film touts taboo subjects
8 March 2005 | by chitownclarkSee all my reviews

Hans Geissendorfer's "Schneeland" or Snowland provided one of the most gripping, emotional evenings of theater I've experienced.

The film was premiered in the U.S. at the '05 Sundance Film Festival in January. Geissendorfer was there and answered questions from the audience after the film.

Altho most reviews of the film seem to focus on the modern-day story of the German woman who is desperately depressed, the real story is of Inna and her abusive father on a subsistence farm in Depression-era Lapland. The manner that Geissendorfer makes us aware of the linkage between the two women over the years generates unexpected emotional results.

Here is a real story, told beautifully, with a surprising ending that leaves us with a sense of satisfaction and hope.

I think most reviewers who've rated the film so low were reacting to the taboo topic of parental molestation, and the grim politically-incorrect circumstances of the film. But these are issues that humans have had to deal with for their entire history, right up to today. To see such a story told honestly, grippingly, and so beautifully, makes "Schneeland" my nomination for my best film experience in the past year.


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