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Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  8 September 2006 (UK)
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A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

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Alex
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Vivienne Freeman
Jackie Brown ...
Waitress
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John Neil
Scott Wickware ...
Senior Cop
Johnny Goltz ...
Rookie Cop
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Clyde
Janet van de Graaf ...
Meryl (as Janet van de Graaff)
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Maggie
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Florence
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Charlie ...
Marilyn the Dog
Selina Cadell ...
Diane Wooton
Nia Roberts ...
Janet the Vet
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Jack the Optician
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Storyline

Alex Hughes, an ex-convict, is on a road trip to Winnipeg to see an old friend. Along the way, he meets the annoying, but vivacious, Vivienne Freeman who manages to bum a ride with him. Just as he begins to warm to this eccentric girl, Alex's vehicle is in a serious automobile accident that kills Vivienne. After his meeting with the police, Alex decides to speak with Vivienne's mother. Upon arrival at her home, Alex discovers that the mother, Linda, is a highly functional autistic woman who convinces him to stay long to take out the garbage the day after the funeral he agrees to arrange. In those few days, Alex discovers new friends and learns more about the uniqueness of Linda even as he struggles to come to terms with his own grief. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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8 September 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,030 (USA) (27 April 2007)

Gross:

$26,014 (USA) (8 June 2007)
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Sigourney Weaver prepared for her role as Linda, by spending time with a high functioning autistic woman from England called Ros Blackburn. Although not a direct portrayal of Ros (who in real life cannot live independently and cannot read or write), many of Ros's mannerisms and characteristics are very apparent in Linda, likewise the passion for trampolining and things sparkly. Ros Blackburn gives public talks on what it is like to experience life as a person with autism. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie Alex exits the restaurant. In the window it says White River. He is driving to Winnipeg which is west of White River. Yet Vivienne has a sign that says Wawa. That means he would be heading east back to Wawa instead of west to Winnipeg. See more »

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Maggie: [offering to the tea-deprived Alex] Assam. Darjeeling.
Alex Hughes: [gratefully, choosing] There is a God!
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Alright Now
Performed by Free
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd
under licence from Universal Music Enterprises
Written by Paul Rodgers & Andy Fraser
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd
Administered by Fairwood Music Ltd
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Snow Cake is excellent
15 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw Snow Cake last night at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Film is excellent - I wouldn't change a frame. It is beautifully directed and full of refined touches - great script - great score- and the acting by Rickman and Weaver is nuanced and outstanding.

The film conveys a very real portrait of small town (Wawa) Ontario - and nails the feeling of small town social politics, with its outward conformity vs begrudged acceptance of "strange behaviour". It also captures the stillness - the slowing of time - that one feels in a small town up north.

See this Film. You'll really love it


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