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Snow Cake (2006)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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life happens when you least expect it. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Um Certo Olhar  »

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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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Trivia

During the winter shoot in Wawa an unexpected warm snap melted all the snow. As a result, the crew was forced to bring in truckloads of snow from outside town, as well as laying fake snow all around the sets to maintain continuity of the winter setting. 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 »

Quotes

Alex Hughes: Mrs Summer said you can drink this water.
Maggie: Yeah, it's supposed to have healing properties. Why don't you take a sip?
Alex Hughes: [stammers briefly] Don't think so.
Maggie: What? You don't wanna be healed? Set free of your demons?
Alex Hughes: They keep me company.
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Northern Lad
Performed by Tori Amos
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Ltd
Written by Tori Amos (as M. Ellen Amos (Tori Amos))
Published by Sword and Stone Publishing Inc.
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amazing!
2 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

i just went to see this film in the Belfast film festival. it was possibly one of the most beautiful films i have ever seen. as a self confessed Rickman obsessive i was always going to see the film but i was not a fan of ms weaver therefore was not expecting an amazing experience. i was so wrong. ms weaver has produced one of the most amazing performances i have ever seen in a film. i place it in line with Liam Neeson in Schindler's list, Russel crow in a beautiful mind and of course in rain man the amazing Dustin Hoffman. she is just amazing. i cried and laughed comfortably in her situations and i did not feel at any stage that this was a cheap imitation and mockery of a person suffering form autism. i just couldn't believe it. Alan Rickman was of course his amazing self. his presence on the screen always pleases me no matter what he is in. this film however was again different from any other. unlike the usual Rickman character of which you can expect sarcasm such as in love actually or close my eyes and a deviousness such as harry potter or robin hood , or even a warm loving character such as colonel Brandon.this time we are presented with an all round character in which Mr Rickman's talents shine unbelievably and i believe that you can see a contentedness in his acting. the character is lovable, curious, devious, hilarious, sentimental and of course understandable. his actions are understood by all. the scenery in the film was amazing and the music sublime. the atmosphere was just perfect for a film with such hard hitting lessons. the meaningful statements from the deceased Vivianne and the innocent and wise statements from Linda are truly memorable and made me think. instead of leaving the cinema with an over powering sense of wow and over the top excitement usually collected from a Hollywood motion picture such as in a false star wars or lord of the rings, i left with a sense of questioning and self analysis. i felt comfortable to stay silent in thought and express little of my emotions. i did not feel the need to over emphasise its greatness until i had thought about it thorough;y.

anyone who reads this. please please please please go see snow cake if it is on near you as this amazing movie needs and deserves complete recognition form all of us fellow film viewers.

totally amazing!!


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