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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Fox, Jayne Eastwood
  • Directors: Marc Evans
  • Producers: Gina Carter, Jessica Daniel, Andrew Eaton, Niv Fichman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ARYYVS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,017 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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?

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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 it’s a strong, mature drama that deserves to be seen.

Weaver plays Linda Freeman, an active, autistic woman, and her path crosses with Rickman’s Alex Hughes. Hughes is the survivor of a car accident that’s killed Freeman’s daughter, and he’s 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. It’s in the small touches that it scores, ironically hitting its weakest moments when it tries to implement one or two ideas that don’t quite gel. But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise fine piece of cinema. Clearly its Rickman and Weaver’s film, but credit too should go to the able supporting cast, led by The Matrix’s Carrie-Ann Moss, along with Emily Hampshire and David Fox.

If you like your films simple and easy, then perhaps Snow Cake isn’t going to be your movie of choice. But if you’re willing to try something that’s 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 best portrayal of Autism on screen I have ever seen. This is a tour de force from Sigourney Weaver as Linda, in her finest role, a role that is both funny and tragic in equal measure. She has perfectly captured the abrupt but innocent and logic driven mentality of someone with ASD. Alan Rickman is also excellent as the laconic ex-con who is forced upon Linda's world through a tragedy.

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.

Just wonderful.
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This was the best film in 2006 I saw. The performances are amazing, the story beautiful. It is basically about being comfortable in your own skin by overcoming your inner demons. Snow Cake was not recognised at all at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and probably not the Oscars - it is their loss - they are all stupid for not recognising this amazing and powerful film!!! Be apart of this experience and sit back and enjoy and get lost in Snow Cake - how "dazlious"!!!
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This film gives excellent portrayal of the idiosyncratic personality of a person who is autistic, how they relate to the world around them, and interact with the people who come into their lives.

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.
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This is the best film I have seen in such a long, long time. It is beautifully done and with a little humour. The actors are brilliant and I congratulate Weaver for her studying and befriending an autistic woman in the UK for her inspiration - it certainly paid off in the film.

I can't enthuse about this production enough - it should have won awards - buy it!
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By Frank VINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2007
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Yet another film with world class performances from all the actors that hasn't recieved the accolades it should.

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.

Thank you
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This was a beautifuly constructed and orcastrated film, delivering the story in a gentle yet forceful manner. Weaver is truely believable in her role and has given me a new found respect for her as an actor!!

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.

Beautiful!!
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This film is a real gem - funny, understated, touching and sensitively written, played and directed.

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.
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