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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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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Um Certo Olhar  »

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€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Shot in 27 days in Wawa, Ontario. 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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Referenced in Snow Cake: Autism Awareness (2007) See more »


Notteru Ondo
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Arranged by Makoto Kawaguchi
Words by Rei Nakanishi
Performed by Za Dorifutâzu (as The Drifters)
© 1969 by Wanatabe Music Publishing Co., Ltd
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Worth seeing.
19 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I wasn't looking forward to seeing this film and got dragged along at the last minute - I knew it was going to be emotionally heavy and it was. I must say though that I think it's brilliant; at one point I had to hold back the tears - and nothing normally ever makes me cry. I also laughed. Apart from that, the story is amazing, the acting is top notch and the 'scenery' and mood is evocative. Whilst I didn't think Weaver or Rickman were the best choices or the most convincing people for the roles they were certainly excellent - but what do I know eh? it worked, and that's good enough for me. Watch it.

NB: I hadn't eaten and had been drinking the night before and my woman was giving me static - so I was in a pretty low mood, so maybe that's the way to go when you watch this film, be at a low ebb yourself and it will sink in a little bit more and maybe tug the heart strings a little bit more.

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