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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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 »


Alex Hughes: I know how you must be feeling. I had a son...
Linda Freeman: You don't know how I'm feeling because you're not me.
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »


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Performed by Stereophonics
Courtesy of V2 Music Ltd
Written by Kelly Jones, Richard Jones & Stuart Cable
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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heartbreaking - and not just for ASD professionals
28 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was able to see this as part of the recent Autism Cymru conference, and can honestly say that this is one of the best films I have seen for years. It somehow maintains a balance between the drama, the need to establish Weaver's character without mawkishness or making her a complete freak, and a rite of passage for Rickman's character. There was no point at which I doubted the authenticity of the character's experiences. It does help to know something about autism (I am a parent of someone with ASD and parts of this were so true it hurt) but not compulsory, and I would heartily recommend it to dispel some myths! I can't really tell you more without giving it all away - go and see it! Snow Cake is both poignant and rib-achingly funny in parts.

We were also fortunate to meet the writer, the director and the autistic woman who "coached" Sigourney Weaver. Absolutely fascinating. I can't wait for this to be released and will be buying the DVD for friends and family.

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