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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.

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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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life happens when you least expect it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,113, 29 December 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,014, 10 June 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Alex Hughes: Being with you. Being with Linda. Being with myself again. Hey, and I'm having sex and these muffins are great. That sort of thing.
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Connections

Referenced in Snow Cake: Autism Awareness (2007) See more »

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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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A masterpiece! This is that rare kind of film movie lovers DREAM about finding!
10 September 2006 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

If you think this is one of those dull and oh-so-PC movies about autistic people, think again! Nothing could be further from the reality. 'Snow Cake', much to my surprise and delight, turned out to be an exhilarating, sexy, poignant, movie that was full of love, redemption, and healing. And no, don't worry, the sex wasn't with the autistic character! I had heard about this movie the other day on BBC Radio 4, when Sigourney Weaver was interviewed on 'Women's Hour', I think it was. Whatever the radio show--- even that interview made it sound a bit 'well meaning' and earnest. And that makes for one dull-ass movie! Therefore, while the interview raised my desire from zero to maybe 35 percent, I still was hesitant to go and see it.

I wish I had proper words to describe what a masterpiece this is. And it was a masterpiece, perhaps, because it was NOT obviously 'arty' or 'important'. It was about people. Real people. Wounded people. Alan Rickman delivered what is perhaps the best role of his career. Sigourney Weaver's performance as the lady with autism was so seamless that if I didn't know better, I'd think she WAS autistic. And the young woman who played the daughter, Emily Hamspshire I think her name is--- she was a refreshing dose of realism. We should watch for her as a rising new star. And Carrie-Anne Moss was fantastic as the sex interest.

This movie is simple and straightforward. Yet, nothing was predictable, either. I just loved it. This is exactly the kind of movie treasure that movie lovers usually can only dream of finding. And to think, I only saw it 'accidentally', because I had already seen everything else at the cinema.

I am SO glad I went! The movie, I promise, is NOT about autism, or how we treat sufferers, or any other boring PC diatribe. It is about ME. And YOU. It's about all of us, and our hearts, and the inspiration and healing and good luck that we all yearn for, and we all deserve. Now, after this movie, the picture of what is possible is bigger, clearer, and stronger for me. Now THAT is a gift to me! Thank you, cast and makers of 'Snow Cake'!


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