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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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Sometimes stopping is the most important part of the journey... 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

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 »

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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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Hello Sunshine
(Radio Edit)
Performed by Super Furry Animals
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
Written by Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Dafydd Ieuan, Guto Pryce,
Gruff Rhys
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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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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