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Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 September 2006 (UK)
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A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director:

Marc Evans

Writer:

Angela Pell
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Alex Hughes
Emily Hampshire ... Vivienne Freeman
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown ... Waitress
Callum Keith Rennie ... John Neil
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Senior Cop
Johnny Goltz Johnny Goltz ... Rookie Cop
James Allodi ... Clyde
Janet van de Graaf Janet van de Graaf ... Meryl (as Janet van de Graaff)
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Maggie
Julie Stewart ... Florence
Sigourney Weaver ... Linda Freeman
Charlie Charlie ... Marilyn the Dog
Selina Cadell ... Diane Wooton
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Janet the Vet
Dov Tiefenbach ... Jack the Optician
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Storyline

Alex Hughes, an ex-convict, is on a road trip to Winnipeg to see an old friend. Along the way, he meets the annoying, but vivacious, Vivienne Freeman who manages to bum a ride with him. Just as he begins to warm to this eccentric girl, Alex's vehicle is in a serious automobile accident that kills Vivienne. After his meeting with the police, Alex decides to speak with Vivienne's mother. Upon arrival at her home, Alex discovers that the mother, Linda, is a highly functional autistic woman who convinces him to stay long to take out the garbage the day after the funeral he agrees to arrange. In those few days, Alex discovers new friends and learns more about the uniqueness of Linda even as he struggles to come to terms with his own grief. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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life happens when you least expect it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Certo Olhar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,030, 29 April 2007

Gross USA:

$26,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,384,105
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Rickman was cast first. See more »

Goofs

On two separate occasions, Linda refers to distances in miles. It is unlikely that a Canadian would instinctively use miles when expressing distance, as Canada uses kilometres. See more »

Quotes

Linda Freeman: [disgusted by the funeral reception] All these people doing *social* in my house!
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Connections

Referenced in Snow Cake: Autism Awareness (2007) See more »

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Same Deep Water as Me
Performed by I Am Kloot
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sentimental
10 February 2006 | by francesco-cantamessaSee all my reviews

I just got back from the premiere of this movie at the Berlinale. It's a little story about the friendship of man, Alex, who still can't forget a mysterious, traumatizing past, and an autistic woman, Linda (S. Weaver). The humanness of Alex, and the deep sadness of being aware of what happened, contrasts with the fairy-tale-like world of Linda, who seems to live with no consciousness for the past or the future, avoiding suffering and flying light in the world just like a snow flake. The performances of the actors, of Rickman in particular, are outstanding, and the characters are showed with intimacy and delicate attention to details. The close ups face Carrie- Anne Moss, a kind of (unrealistic) femme fatale in the middle of nowhere, gently whispering in dim light, are worth the ticket. But i didn't completely buy the script. Shouldn't it be more difficult for Alex to get into Linda's house? Shouldn't a man which such a traumatic past behave like an eighteenth century English gentleman? Morever, as far as I know about psychiatry, Linda is a mixture of mental disease stereotypes, more than an actual autistic. I gave 7, because I liked the effort of making of a tragic story a kind of hymn to life, sometimes even funny.


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