Snow Cake (2006)

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


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 (

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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Um Certo Olhar  »

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Box Office


€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$26,014 (USA) (8 June 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Alan Rickman read the script and actually suggested Sigourney Weaver for the role of Linda. He even telephoned Weaver, and told her she had to read the script, as there was a role he felt she could play perfectly in it. Rickman and Weaver had previously worked together in the film Galaxy Quest (1999), where Rickman's character was also named Alex. See more »


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 »


Linda Freeman: [disgusted by the funeral reception] All these people doing *social* in my house!
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »


Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl
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19 April 2006 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I have just come back from the screening of Snow Cake at the Hong Kong Film Festival, it is one of the two closing films. I have to say, I didn't expect much from this film at first, or perhaps it is because I do not know what to expect from it. The reason I went to see this mainly because of Alan Rickman (yes I am a Alan fan, so even the movie turns out to be disappointing I can enjoy Alan Rickman's acting ;]), but my friend whom I forced to accompany me is not. I was worried that she won't like it.

But my worries were gone as the film flows, I smiled, I laugh, and even got tears in my eyes. I left the screening with a smile on my face and a warm and cosy feeling at heart. Even me friend loved it. This movie has depth yet makes you laugh and smile. And Now I am dying to watch it again.

Alan Rickman is wonderful as usual, his talent deserves an Oscar nod someday. Signourey Weaver is pretty good, though some of you said that her portrayal of autistic people is inaccurate, I am not sure. Carrie Anne Moss is cool but, well I guess it is hard for her to outshine Alan and Signourey . I love the script, the lines are funny and thought provoking at the same time. It makes you think AND laugh.

All in all impressive and beautiful.

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