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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

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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
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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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Snow covers everything...except the truth


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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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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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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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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

Tork: Death is always a waste. But sometimes it's the only way to arouse people.
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Quis est homo
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A Bleak Frightening Movie
11 August 2006 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie about how Inuit hunt for seals. Smilla lives in present day Copenhagen. This movie is anything but formulaic. It is part murder mystery, part paranoid thriller with faceless villains like the Conversation, part James Bond, with a drop of science fiction, and like none of those all that much.

The victim of a possible murder is a 6 year old boy whom you gradually get to know and care for deeply via flash backs of his tragic life.

One of the themes is trust. Smilla never knows whom she can trust. We in the audience weave back and forth trying to decide who is truly trying to help her and who to kill her or at least deflect her from her quest of finding out why and how someone would harm that little boy.

The movie is a maddening puzzle with clues coming thick and fast, but nothing making much sense. All you know is some very powerful people are involved and are ruthless in keeping silence. Smilla takes huge risks to gather information she has no particular reason to believe may be relevant other than others seem to be hiding it. Like a standard mystery novel, all is finally explained.

One interesting twist is, you in the audience even begin to distrust the caustic Smilla with her one-pointed push for vengeance.

Usually in a movie with a great many characters, I often find it hard to keep from confusing them. In this movie, the characters are all distinctly drawn, partly with a rich mixture of accents, so I had no such problem.

Some of the casting choices seemed a bit off, in particular Smilla's father's new teenage wife, Benja, who was obviously much older than a teenager, which made some of Smilla's cracks about her age not ring true.


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