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Alex (Alan Rickman), a tight-lipped Englishman recently freed from prison, is driving through Ontario when he begrudgingly picks up the vivacious teenage hitchhiker Vivienne (Emily Hampshire). On the outskirts of her hometown, a truck hits the car. Vivienne dies instantly and Alex finds himself, for the second time in his life, grieving for someone he never knew.
Devastated by the accident, Alex goes to the frozen backwater of Wawa, Ontario to visit Vivienne's mother Linda (Sigourney Weaver). There, he discovers that she is autistic with an unconventional take on life and mourning. Drawn in to the small frozen backwater community, Alex soon forms a close relationship with Linda, begins an affair with her sassy neighbour Maggie (Carrie-Anne Moss), and becomes the object of scrutiny by the ineffectual local law enforcement officer Clyde (James Allodi). As the funeral approaches, life in Wawa seems to have enabled Alex to face the present, but how will he cope when the dark secrets of his past finally emerge?
Anchored by terrific performances from Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, Snow Cake is a challenging, at times uneasy way to spend the best part of two hours. Yet its a strong, mature drama that deserves to be seen.
Weaver plays Linda Freeman, an active, autistic woman, and her path crosses with Rickmans Alex Hughes. Hughes is the survivor of a car accident thats killed Freemans daughter, and hes still heavily traumatised as he seeks out Freeman to deliver the news.
Yet from this melancholy promise, Snow Cake then builds into an affirming, delicate drama of real merit. Its in the small touches that it scores, ironically hitting its weakest moments when it tries to implement one or two ideas that dont quite gel. But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise fine piece of cinema. Clearly its Rickman and Weavers film, but credit too should go to the able supporting cast, led by The Matrixs Carrie-Ann Moss, along with Emily Hampshire and David Fox.
If you like your films simple and easy, then perhaps Snow Cake isnt going to be your movie of choice. But if youre willing to try something thats restrained, challenging and in many ways surprising, then Snow Cake comes warmly commended. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The film is beautifully and gently paced and as the father of a daughter with ASD I found it refreshing to find such an uplifting and accurate portrayal of the condition.
I though that Sigourney Weaver was completely believable in her depiction of Linda. Alan Richman was wonderful as the tortured Alex, who gained spiritually from his brief relationship with Linda.
I thought is was a powerful, and moving story that anyone who is interested in autism should watch.
I can't enthuse about this production enough - it should have won awards - buy it!
Alan Rickman delivers a subtle, sad performance with a vein of humour and pathos that is a treat to watch.
Sigourney Weaver kicks Rain Man into touch with a truly mesmerising screen presence that I feel privilaged to have seen.
Carrie-Ann Moss is superb and all the other actors are marvelous, especially Emily Hampshire who delivers a full and wonderful performance. This is a quality film and my hat goes off to the writer Angela Pell for a moving story.
The film moves gently, often lulling you into a restful security before giving you something to laugh about or be shocked by. I thought about this film for some time afterwards.
A quiet, gentle film, full of emotion and joy. Well worth a watch.
Don't expect a huge story with plot twists or excitement though. I'm sure many will call this Weaver's 'Rain Man'. She deserves the recognition!!
Alan Rickman is also perfect in his role. Himself, a lost sole who finds a new quality in life through his time with Weaver's character.
Sigourney Weaver is outstanding as Linda, an autistic woman whose daughter has been killed in a car accident while Alex (Alan Rickman) was giving her a lift across Canada. I found her performance extremely convincing and disagree entirely with the reviewer here who suggested that it was unrealistic and failed to show how debilitating austism can be - Linda is supposed to a relatively 'high functioning' autistic person, with a degree of understanding of her own condition and why she is different from other people that she meets, rather than the monosyllabic stereotype portrayed in 'Rain Man'. However, the fact that she is unable to express her grief for her own daughter, and the degree to which the film shows every day life is affected by her condition, is certainly (while subtly) indicative of the problems Linda faces every day.
Excellent though Sigourney Weaver is in the role of Linda, the best performance in this film comes from Alan Rickman as Alex, who finds himself grieving, for the second time, for a young person barely known to him. Alex is by nature reserved, a man who keeps himself to himself, and in the hands of a lesser actor the role might have become lost in contrast to Weaver's eccentric Linda. However, this really is a stand-out performance from Alan Rickman as the sarcastic, awkward, self-deprecating, occasionally morose but never self-pitying Alex, who finds himself marooned in a small town in Canada when Linda demands that he stay to take on her dead daughter's role of taking out the rubbish on a Tuesday.Read more ›
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This a lovely lovely movie. Setter, glass of wine and hankies at the ready. You won't be disappointedPublished 2 months ago by Mary Holly
This is german copy, please be careful, you can watch it in english voice and turn of the subs. Problem, bought it for a friend, she told me it jumps half way through and becomes... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allan Jones
This was a gift, but I loved the film. Alan Rickman was greatPublished 2 months ago by Mrs M.D. Gwynne
Brilliant film. Thought provoking, exciting, shocking, charming, life-affirming. In my Top Twenty of all time. A very "different" film for the connoisseur.Published 2 months ago by The Connoisseur
Intelligent. Well written. Great performances by Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver.Published 3 months ago by Win E.