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Smilla's Feeling for Snow (1997)
"Smilla's Sense of Snow" (original title)

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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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
Emma Croft ...
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 | conspiracy | See more »

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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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Release Date:

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:

ITL 2,100,896,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)
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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 »

Goofs

On the boat while, listening to the tape, Licht tells Smilla that an EEG is monitoring someone's heart. EEGs measure brain waves; EKGs (also called ECGs) measure heart rate and electrical activity. See more »

Quotes

Jakkelsen: No way. I get claustrophobic. I'm not kidding.
Smilla: You're not going. I am.
Jakkelsen: I get claustrophobic for other people too man.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Skinner's Sense of Snow (2000) See more »

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Starts out at ***, ends up at 1/2*.
15 December 2002 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews



A strong beginning segues clumsily into a dark and confusing middle.

  • Plot devices spring up out of thin air, with little rhyme or
reason. EG, the powerful daddy, the buddy with nautical connections, ad nauseam.

  • For most of the film, the lead actors seem to swallow the majority of
their lines, which are anyway spoken so low as to be unintelligible. If I hadn't had closed captioning, I wouldn't have understood half the dialogue. Is this a thing with "artsy-house" films?

  • Does Gabriel Byrne have narcolepsy here, or does he simply wish he were
in a more intelligent movie?

Too bad, if it had kept up with the strong beginning, this could have been an excellent film. What a waste of talents like Robert Loggia and Bob Peck.

Summary: better than any sleeping pill.




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