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Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 September 2006 (UK)
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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.

Director:

Marc Evans

Writer:

Angela Pell
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Alex Hughes
Emily Hampshire ... Vivienne Freeman
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown ... Waitress
Callum Keith Rennie ... John Neil
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Senior Cop
Johnny Goltz Johnny Goltz ... Rookie Cop
James Allodi ... Clyde
Janet van de Graaf Janet van de Graaf ... Meryl (as Janet van de Graaff)
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Maggie
Julie Stewart ... Florence
Sigourney Weaver ... Linda Freeman
Charlie Charlie ... Marilyn the Dog
Selina Cadell ... Diane Wooton
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Janet the Vet
Dov Tiefenbach ... Jack the Optician
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Storyline

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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life happens when you least expect it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sigourney Weaver prepared for her role as Linda, by spending time with a high functioning autistic woman from England called Ros Blackburn. Although not a direct portrayal of Ros (who in real life cannot live independently and cannot read or write), many of Ros's mannerisms and characteristics are very apparent in Linda, likewise the passion for trampolining and things sparkly. Ros Blackburn gives public talks on what it is like to experience life as a person with autism. See more »

Goofs

When in church people rise when Vivienne's song is playing, from the front camera shot Vivienne's grandfather is missing. See more »

Quotes

Alex Hughes: Mrs Summer said you can drink this water.
Maggie: Yeah, it's supposed to have healing properties. Why don't you take a sip?
Alex Hughes: [stammers briefly] Don't think so.
Maggie: What? You don't wanna be healed? Set free of your demons?
Alex Hughes: They keep me company.
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Soundtracks

Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl
Performed by Broken Social Scene
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts
Written by Broken Social Scene
Published by Arts & Crafts Music
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heartbreaking - and not just for ASD professionals
28 June 2006 | by xjl-mummySee 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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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Certo Olhar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,030, 29 April 2007

Gross USA:

$26,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,384,105
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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