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
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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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Sometimes stopping is the most important part of the journey... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sigourney Weaver prepared for her role as Linda Freeman, by spending time with a high functioning autistic woman from England named Ros Blackburn. Although not a direct portrayal of Ros (who in real life cannot live independently and cannot read or write), many of Ros' 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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Connections

Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Let It Die
Performed by Leslie Feist (as Feist)
Courtesy of Polydor (France)
under licence from Universal Music Enterprises
Written by Leslie Feist
Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd
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Snow Cake sparkles!
29 November 2006 | by tonyw-21See all my reviews

Sigourney Weaver stars as Linda, an autistic mother, in this British/Canadian co-production. Early in the film, her daughter Vivienne (Emily Hampshire) is killed in a car accident enroute to her hometown of Wawa, Ontario. Ex-con Alex (Alan Rickman) survives the crash and reluctantly visits Wawa only to find himself become an intimate part of this quirky community. The film takes its name from the crystals of snow which dazzle and amuse Linda in her imaginative world. Not since Rain Man has autism been so lovingly portrayed in a feature film! The music is an original score by Broken Social Scene! Snow Cake was selected to open the Berlin Film Festival! Why this film ended up as a British co-production is a mystery, and this may say a lot about the (lack of) funding for Canadian feature films!


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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow Cake 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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