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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house... See full summary »

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ona Fletcher ...
Inuit Hunter
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Agga Olsen ...
Juliane Christiansen
Patrick Field ...
Policeman
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Detective
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The Mechanic
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Dr. Lagermann
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Prof. Loyen
Charlotte Bradley ...
Mrs. Lagermann
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Dr. Andreas Tork
Charles Lewsen ...
Pastor (as Charles Lewson)
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Moritz Jasperson
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Benja
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Ravn
Ann Queensberry ...
Mrs. Schou
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Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house begins to suspect murder because she knows that the boy was afraid of heights and would not have played on the roof. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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boy | roof | greenland | snow | neighbor | See All (65) »

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Snow covers everything...except the truth


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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28 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Smilla's Sense of Snow  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$107,108 (USA) (28 February 1997)

Gross:

$2,221,994 (USA) (25 April 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Director Bille August has admitted that the film did not turn out as well as he hoped. He said that in hindsight, adapting Peter Høeg's novel into film had serious problems from the script stage. See more »

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When Capt. Lukas is first seen in the casino, his hair, eyebrows, mustache are all black, with a little gray at the temples. The next day on, the ship, all of his hair is gray. See more »

Quotes

[On the subject of love]
Smilla: I've been trying to avoid it all my life, so now it's here I just want to renounce it.
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Soundtracks

Quis est homo
(from Stabat Mater)
Written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
performed by Kammerorchester 'Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach'
conducted by Hartmut Haenchen
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As evocative and poetic as the book.
15 March 2001 | by (Belfast, N. Ireland) – See all my reviews

Based upon the bestseller by Peter Hoeg, "Miss Smilla's feeling for snow", it would have been hard for the movie to disappoint. The performances by all are exceptional, not least Julia Ormonds portrayal of Smilla, as icy as the landscape that involves (and evolves) the movie. The movie has an almost poetic feel, so beautifully is it paced, and the story draws you in steadily as Smilla searched for the truth behind her young friends death. There are enough surprises, twists and turns to keep most people happy, and the warmth of the two leads performances are in great contrast to the snow that provides the story. I couldn't recommend this story enough to fans of the book, or anyone who is interested in seeing a movie that is not your ordinary run of the mill hollywood movie, but one with depth, character and genuine emotion.

Superb.


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