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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life happens when you least expect it. See more »


Drama | Romance


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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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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 »


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: Do people like you Alex?
Alex Hughes: Not much, no.
Linda Freeman: I'm not surprised. It's because those glasses don't look right on your face, you have a long face and those glasses make you look shifty.
Alex Hughes: Really?
Linda Freeman: Yes.
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A fantastic and beautifully written film
25 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Many people have very warped ideas of Autism and the way it changes peoples lives. This film really shows how wrongly people can judge someone just on the fact the have a label of 'autistic'. The writer has definitely showed the funny side and made the film such a joy to watch. It is not only heart-warming and moving but a great insight to the lives of not only people suffering from autism but the people around them too.

Snowcake is a must see for anyone who enjoys to watch a well written all-round good film! You will have a tear in your eye one moment and laughing the next! FANTASTIC!

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