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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

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A 6 y.o. Inuit boy runs off a snowy roof in Copenhagen and dies. Smilla, a half Inuit who lives in the building and knows the boy, looks into it. What makes an acrophobic boy run up on the roof? The clues take her to Greenland.

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Peter Høeg (novel), Ann Biderman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jens Jørgen Fleischer Jens Jørgen Fleischer ... Inuit Hunter (as Ona Fletcher)
Julia Ormond ... Smilla Jaspersen
Agga Olsen Agga Olsen ... Juliane Christiansen
Patrick Field Patrick Field ... Policeman
Matthew Marsh ... Detective
Gabriel Byrne ... The Mechanic
Jim Broadbent ... Dr. Lagermann
Tom Wilkinson ... Prof. Loyen
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Mrs. Lagermann
Richard Harris ... Dr. Andreas Tork
Charles Lewsen Charles Lewsen ... Pastor (as Charles Lewson)
Robert Loggia ... Moritz Jaspersen
Emma Croft ... Benja
Bob Peck ... Ravn
Ann Queensberry ... Mrs. Schou
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Storyline

Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house begins to suspect murder because she knows that the boy was afraid of heights and would not have played on the roof. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Snow covers everything...except the truth


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Denmark | Germany | Sweden

Language:

English | Inuktitut

Release Date:

28 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smilla's Sense of Snow See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,108, 2 March 1997

Gross USA:

$2,372,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,372,903
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bille August has admitted that the film did not turn out as well as he hoped. He said that in hindsight, adapting Peter Høeg's novel into film had serious problems from the script stage. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Lukas is first seen in the casino, his hair, eyebrows, mustache are all black, with a little gray at the temples. The next day on, the ship, all of his hair is gray. See more »

Quotes

Elsa Lubing: The Devil assumes many forms.
Smilla: It's one of those forms that I'm looking for.
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Connections

References Nanook of the North (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Quis est homo
(from Stabat Mater)
Written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
performed by Kammerorchester 'Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach'
conducted by Hartmut Haenchen
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Absorbing intrigue set in frozen lands and satisfyingly directed
14 April 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This mystery picture begins on a crashing-meteor opening and concerns about Smilla(Julia Ormond), a lonely scientist resident in Copenhagen. The grumpy Smilla is an half-America and half-Inuit with many problems of adaptation and her father(Robert Loggia) is a rich financier. When she returns home discovers the body of six-years-old friend named Isaiah(Miano) nearly her apartment building. Smilla believes the kid was killed and starts investigating , it leads to the Greenland mining company that is owner the magnate Tork(Richard Harris). Meanwhile she falls in love with her suspicious neighbor(Gabriel Byrne).

The picture based on Peter Hoeg's best seller novel packs suspense,thrills,intrigue, tension and interesting character study. The story is well developed though its final fail to sustain the outcome and is a little bit crappy. Suspenseful and mysterious musical score by Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams. Exceptional secondary casting mostly formed by British actors such as Jim Broadbent,Vanessa Redgrave,Bob Peck, Tom Wilkinson, among them. Evocative and cold cinematography is consistently created by Jorgen Persson, Billie August's usual cameraman.Location photography is particularly breathtaking with impressive images like a large icebreaker ship, snowy outdoors and giant floes thawing, among others. This partially successful first attempt at the thriller and tense mystery is efficiently directed by August. Billie is the Danish's best director, an expert on intelligent dramas as ¨Pelle the conqueror¨which took the best foreign-language film Oscar , ¨Twist and shout¨,¨The best intentions¨, ¨House of spirits¨, and ¨Les Miserables¨. Rating : Well worth seeing, better than average.


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