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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 | neighbor | See more »

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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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Release Date:

28 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Smila: Misterio en la nieve  »

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

When Smilla's father shows her the X-rays of the worms in the heart, he points out what remains of the liver and lower esophagus, then says "This is the heart, what's left of it". He's actually pointing to an upside-down X-ray of the upper abdomen. The "heart" is actually bowel gas in the intestine. See more »

Quotes

Smilla: You know, Benja, one day that tight behind and those pert little boobs are going to start sagging. And when they do, my wonderful wealthy father is going to drop you and find someone else.
Benja: [Stung] I don't care! Besides, by then you'll be dead of old age.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) See more »

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Gives the book good credit
5 October 2004 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

I read the book before I watched the movie. Usually I am not too fond of films made after a book. This is one of the rare exceptions.

The makers succeeded well in capturing the complexity of the book's characters. Julia Ormond does remarkably well as the moody, unpredictable Smilla Jaspersen. So does Gabriel Byrne in the role of the rather secretive Mechanic. The brilliant Richard Harris is in here too, one of the many movies he probably said that it would be his last. The rest of the cast fits in well. Nice to see that they didn't try to get all big names, but rather actors who can fill a role appropriately.

Of course the movie isn't perfect, but in order to give that book full credit, they would have had to make a 4 hour film. Especially the second part, with all the events on the ship and in Greenland, is rather condensed. Those scenes could have used a bit more air to breathe, less pace.

Nevertheless I really like this movie, I have been watching it several times already. And now I think I am going to read the book again... (8/10)


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