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Snow Cake -- A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman (Weaver) and a man (Rickman) who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alan Rickman ... Alex

Emily Hampshire ... Vivienne Freeman
Jackie Brown ... Waitress

Callum Keith Rennie ... John Neil
Scott Wickware ... Senior Cop
Johnny Goltz ... Rookie Cop

James Allodi ... Clyde
Janet van de Graaf ... Meryl (as Janet van de Graaff)

Carrie-Anne Moss ... Maggie

Julie Stewart ... Florence

Sigourney Weaver ... Linda
Charlie ... Marilyn the Dog
Selina Cadell ... Diane Wooton
Nia Roberts ... Janet the Vet

Dov Tiefenbach ... Jack the Optician
David Fox ... Dirk Freeman

Jayne Eastwood ... Ellen Freeman
John Bayliss ... Priest

Jackie Laidlaw ... Louise
Susan Coyne ... Deborah the Neighbour
Robert Smith Jones ... Dick the Neighbour
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samantha Hayes ... Mourner (uncredited)

Mark McKinney ... Neighbour (uncredited)

Directed by
Marc Evans 
Writing credits
Angela Pell (written by)

Produced by
Gina Carter .... producer
Steve Coogan .... executive producer
Jessica Daniel .... producer
Andrew Eaton .... producer
Niv Fichman .... producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Sheena Macdonald .... co-producer: Rhombus Media
Henry Normal .... executive producer
Barbara Willis Sweete .... associate producer: Rhombus Media
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Larry Weinstein .... associate producer: Rhombus Media
Michael Winterbottom .... executive producer
Original Music by
Broken Social Scene 
Cinematography by
Steve Cosens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mags Arnold  (as Marguerite Arnold)
Casting by
John Buchan 
Production Design by
Matthew Davies 
Art Direction by
Peter Emmink 
Set Decoration by
Rob Hepburn 
Costume Design by
Debra Hanson 
Makeup Department
Gail 'Freddie' Godden .... hair stylist: Ms. Weaver (as Freddy Godden)
Kathleen Graham .... makeup artist: Ms. Weaver
Yasmeen Jalali .... assistant hair stylist
Yasmeen Jalali .... assistant makeup artist
Debra Johnson .... key hair stylist
Stephen Lynch .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Layla Blackman .... post-production supervisor (as Layla Evans)
Bora Bulajic .... unit production manager
Matt Cahill .... post-production supervisor: Rhombus Media
Susy Liddell .... head of production: BBC
Fiona McGuire .... head of production: Revolution Films
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colleen Harding .... third assistant director
Jennifer Haufler .... trainee assistant director
Laurie Mirsky .... first assistant director
Pierre Ouellet .... second assistant director
Art Department
Linda Cheung .... set dresser
Dwight Doerksen .... construction coordinator
Ed Doerkson .... head carpenter (as Edmund Doerksen)
Doug Henderson .... assistant head carpenter
Barry Isenor .... first assistant art director
John Martin .... set dresser: Wawa
Jack McCullough .... key scenic artist
Kenny Meinzinger .... co-property master
Andrij Molodecky .... co-property master
Luke Moretti .... set dresser
Steve Morrison .... labor coordinator: Wawa
Massimo Orlandi .... set dresser: Wawa
Luis Rodrigues .... on-set carpenter
Monique Roy .... lead set dresser
Monique Roy .... set buyer
Sean Scoffield .... second assistant art director
Rob Taylor .... head painter
Tom Thompson .... on-set dresser
Bill Williamson .... assistant head carpenter
Greg Chown .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Emerson Doerksen .... props (uncredited)
Emerson Doerksen .... scenic painter: set (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nick Baldock .... sound effects editor
Peter Baldock .... dialogue editor
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor
Lucy Barnes .... foley artist
James Bennett .... foley recordist
Zoe Brown .... trainee foley artist
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Feinberg .... foley editor
Adele Fletcher .... assistant sound editor
Robert Fletcher .... sound recordist (as Rob Fletcher)
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Thom Paisley .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (as Thomas Paisley)
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Iain Stewart .... boom operator
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Sam Wetmore .... sound special effects pre-mixer
Special Effects by
Ralph Barton .... special effects technician
Karl Brown .... special effects technician
Gilbert Clement .... special effects crew: Wawa
'Wee Willy' Desrochers .... special effects crew: Wawa
Ivan Desrochers .... special effects crew: Wawa
Max Macdonald .... special effects coordinator (as Max MacDonald)
Gary Montgomery .... special effects crew: Wawa
Valentin Nedialkov .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michelle Camp .... digital intermediate producer: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Simon Giblin .... digital effects artist
Dolores McGinley .... visual effects artist: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Warren Appleby .... stunt rigger
Ron Bell .... stunt truck driver
Shelley Cook .... stunt coordinator
Layton Morrison .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Layton Morrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Brilli .... electrician
Neil Davidson .... still photographer
Shane Gillan .... electrician
John Harper .... first assistant camera
John Harper .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Johnny Harper)
John Hickey .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Perry Hoffman .... camera operator
Jeremy Jemec .... electrician
George Kerr .... gaffer
Rick Leger .... generator operator
Ben Lichty .... camera trainee
Ari Magder .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Joe McCormack .... grip
David McKane .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Anthony Police .... dolly grip
Loreen Ruddock .... best boy electric
Jason Sissons .... key grip (as Jayson Sisson)
Jeff Smallacombe .... best boy grip
Chris Wilson .... grip
Animation Department
Dolores McGinley .... animator: titles, Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Dylaine Bovaird .... extras casting assistant
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Jason Knight .... casting assistant
Kay Rogers .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Trina Gismondi .... assistant costume designer
Stacy Laliberte .... wardrobe assistant: Wawa
Stacy Laliberte .... wardrobe set supervisor: Toronto
Emily McHugh .... wardrobe assistant: Toronto
Maria Valles .... wardrobe set supervisor: Wawa
Editorial Department
Michelle Camp .... digital intermediate producer
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Pete Harrow .... digital intermediate asset manager: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Dave Muscat .... telecine suite operator
Jet Omoshebi .... digital intermediate colorist: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Iain Read .... on-line editor: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Gabrielle Smith .... assistant editor
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
Music Department
Ohad Benchetrit .... musician: Broken Social Scene
Antony Telfer Brown .... music editor (as Anthony Telfer Brown)
Brendan Canning .... musician: Broken Social Scene
Kevin Drew .... musician: Broken Social Scene
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Drew Griffiths .... score mixer
Drew Griffiths .... score recordist
Amy Millan .... musician: Broken Social Scene
Charles Spearin .... musician: Broken Social Scene
Genevieve Walker .... musician: Broken Social Scene
Transportation Department
Graeme Atherton .... driver
John Carr .... driver
Don Chan .... driver
Mark Johnson .... driver
Robert MacLean .... driver (as Bob MacLean)
Jerome McCann .... head driver
Glen McGugan .... transportation captain
Michael O'Hara .... driver
Chris Radley Walters .... transportation coordinator (as Chris Radley-Walters)
John Renwick .... driver (as John Reniewick)
Richard Spiegelman .... driver
Grant Wilkins .... driver
Rick Anglin .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Argirakis .... production associate: Rhombus Media
Martina Beck .... craft service
Darryl Boulley .... script coordinator
Lesley Boylen .... production coordinator
Kelda Card .... production assistant: Rhombus Media (as Kelda Cummings)
Don Cornelius .... location manager: Toronto
Sherry Davis .... dog wrangler
Dave Dodge .... craft service: Platinum Craft
Jane Douglas .... production accountant
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Helen Giles .... legal and business affairs executive: BBC Films
Lee Gladman .... stand-in
Indira Guha .... business and legal affairs: Telefilm Canada
Jethro Harris .... head of film: Pepper Ltd.
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Rachel James .... production accountant
Winnifred Jong .... script supervisor
Anthony Kadak .... location manager: Wawa
Laura MacAulay .... distribution executive: Rhombus Media
Kelly Martin .... production assistant
Jacinta McDonnell .... stand-in
Fiona McGuire .... head of production: Revolution Films
Joe Melton .... location production assistant
Jed Metzger .... assistant location manager
Stephen Nex .... assistant to head of production, Revolution Films
Brock Norman Brock .... production executive: UK Film Council
Neil Olsen .... first assistant accountant
Melissa Parmenter .... assistant: Andrew Eaton
Robert Pazdro .... rights and clearances (as Rob Pazdro)
Helen Phelps .... head of sales: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
George Ploszczansky .... personal security: Carrie-Anne Moss
Linda Pope .... accountant: Rhombus Media
Mike Powell .... production assistant
Hugh Probyn .... assistant: Niv Fichman
Elana Rabinovitch .... unit publicist
Cody Robertson .... assistant production coordinator
Shaire Stevenson .... caterer: Capers Catering (as Share Stevenson)
Dominic Stubbs .... accountant: Rhombus Media
Richard Thomas .... veterinary advisor
Molly Tudhope .... assistant: Gina Carter and Marc Evans
Molly Tudhope .... rights and clearances
Kelly Vernier .... production assistant
Matthew Vizard .... production and finance coordinator: BBC Films
Wade Whelan .... craft service
Austin Wong .... business and legal affairs: Rhombus Media

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Vivienne Freeman:Behind every successful man is a truly astonished woman.
Alex Hughes:He's gay.
Vivienne Freeman:My point exactly.
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Movie Connections:
References North by Northwest (1959)See more »
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90 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
A film that makes you look at things in a brand new way - in a word, dazlious!, 13 August 2006
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

Snow Flake is a tale of insulated lives thrown into contact, of insights that that are almost (but not quite) incommunicable, of the power of unusual friendships, of people defying what is expected of them and sometimes of what they would expect of themselves, and of finding a strength in themselves and others as a result. And if that sounds clichéd, you have to go and see it to believe it.

Sigourney Weaver is from a different world, one not unlike our own. She's not battling Aliens or living in a sectarian time-shift Village, but the world into which she brings us is as weird, and dazzling enough for my jaw to drop after watching her for just a few minutes. Her presence jumps off the screen with such vividness that, even though I had read the storyline, I knew it was going to surpass my expectations. Her character is fascinated by things that sparkle, can juggle numbers with unnerving rapidity, inhabits a universe of extreme precision that brooks no infraction, and no uncleanliness: and she's only barely tolerant of your world. This is the world of Linda Freeman, high-functioning autistic.

There are two sides to Linda: the world she lives in is undoubtedly extraordinary - her version of Scrabble leaves Alan Rickman's character (Alex Hughes) looking severely unevolved - but it is balanced by her lack of empathy for 'normal' people. What makes Weaver's performance so remarkable is that she conveys the logical certitude of Linda's position with such force that we, like Alex, start feeling a bit dumb. Why do we go through such irrelevant tea-and-ham-sandwiches rituals after a death? Why can't we feel the joy we felt as children when we discovered snow in our hands, or the thrill of a trampoline as our body is launched into space? Why do we struggle to remember simple facts? The drawbacks of Linda's world (apart from most people not being able to reach it) is that she cannot cope with the imperfections that the rest of us would shrug off. If the dog leaves a stain on her carpet she will have simply have to 'move house', and the only kind of job she can get is one where her obsessive need for order can find a simplistic outlet (she stacks shelves in a supermarket, with mathematical precision and attention). If Rain Man was the gold-medallist of autism, Linda Freeman is simply a non-glamorised regular sportswoman, and in that she conveys a more real person than any Hollywood-ised super-character.

Alex (Alan Rickman) opens the film, flicking poignantly at a small photo as he sits out a long flight. We have no clue as to who the person in the picture is, or why he seems to be encased in his own intense thoughts. Later, we see him in a transport café, approached by a bubbly young girl who is determined to break down his wall of silence. She wants to write a book and make loads of money - by finding the right areas of pain and suffering to focus on. Her apparent insensitivity is quickly tempered when she admits she admits she needs a lift but has picked the loneliest looking person because she really thinks he "needs to talk". Alex reluctantly gives her a lift. She is soon singing the 70's rock song All Right Now at the top of her voice, but things are far from all right. One car crash and an added truckload of emotional baggage later, Alex is arriving on Linda's doorstep and destined to be her guest for more than a few hours. Our storyline is further complicated by the seductively attractive Maggie (Carrie-Ann Moss) who has her eye on Alex. He first assumes she is a prostitute (she reminded me of the classy call-girl Inara, from Serenity) but accepts a 'neighbourly' invitation for dinner.

Rickman is at his best. The wry tongue-in-cheek humour seen in many of his films gives way to a sardonic realism that is even funnier because it is more true to real life. A very down to earth script ensures the laughs are grounded (Love Actually but without the unbelievability), even if in most cases Rickman is principally a foil for other characters: such as when Linda likens eating snow to an orgasm or Maggie breaks off dinner because she hates having sex on a full stomach.

We soon realise that Linda's childlike behaviour thinly disguises a penetrating intelligence, but her intelligence doesn't enable her to solve everyday problems such as putting the rubbish out. She has emotional insight, even consideration, but her world is as isolated from ours as ours is from hers, even with her ability to reel off facts and figures. One is reminded of a recent study that suggested that emotional intelligence may serve people better in the workplace than a Mensa certificate.

Rickman's character struggles with Canadian distances in a typically British manner. "It didn't look far on the map," he exclaims hopelessly. He is out of his depth geographically and emotionally but, obsessed with his own inadequacies, is open to seeing things differently. The landscape whiteness, at first cold and unwelcoming, starts to seem beautiful. Maggie allows Alex to open emotionally whereas Linda, through the intellectual effort he makes to reach her, enables him to rationalise the process and come to terms with his feelings. Linda is a doorway to seeing things differently - "I'm half outside, half inside," she says as she hovers on the porch and we puzzle whether she is being dippy or intentionally defusing a difficult situation. The mathematical way she describes needing a hug reassures us that she is human, but by then we have learnt a whole new attitude of respect. Snow Cake is a very personal film, not a blockbuster, but a few more films like this could enrich the way we see ourselves.

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