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Based on the best-selling novel this gripping, suspenseful thriller about a headstrong woman who uses her uncanny knowledge of ice and snow to unravel a taut web of lies and intrigue. When her six-year old neighbor falls from a snow covered roof, Smilla suspects the boys death was no accident. Together with a mysterious lover, who holds secrets of his own, she defies local authorities and begins a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in an effort to uncover the truth.
Based on a much-praised 1992 bestseller by Peter Hoeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow is a film of moody power and boundless mystery in its first half, but it becomes an overblown, conspiracy-laden schlock thriller in its second. Julia Ormond stars as the half-Inuit, Greenland native of Hoeg's book, a loner who is supported by an emotionally ambivalent father (Robert Loggia) in Copenhagen. Apparently perceived as a troublemaker who sees secret plots everywhere, Smilla finds herself largely alone in an effort to discover what really happened to a six-year-old Inuit boy who fell (or jumped) off the roof of her apartment building. Somewhat aided by an ambiguous neighbor (Gabriel Byrne), Smilla investigates a connection between the child's death and the misdeeds of a mining company, a story hook that conveniently ratchets up the action but quickly dissipates the more compelling, introspective intrigue of the film's beginning. Ormond is fascinating, somehow more beautiful than usual through her emphasis of her character's destabilizing conflicts (isolation and a possibly unhinged intelligence). But she isn't done any favors by an unreliable script or by the usually superb Danish director Bille August's chronic problems working in English-language films (including his disastrous The House of the Spirits). The DVD edition of this film includes an original theatrical trailer and a short feature on the making of the production. --Tom Keogh
It looks like a great film but I rated it one star because there were no English subtitles! The film was obviously Danish but was dubbed in German.Published 2 days ago by lynn kauffman
That it was PAL was unclear. Long time in arriving. Detail: in German. Now what would anybody in the US want what he can't even play and what most can't understand.Published 18 days ago by James McLellan
The DVD has a good picture for this amazing film and was a decent price but I was disappointed that there was no way for us to alter the language or bring up English subtitles... Read morePublished 3 months ago by William P.
A must see if you enjoyed the book, one of those books that is very difficult to adapt to screen, but this was achieved to maximum benefit.Published 4 months ago by jenny watson
I enjoy this movie very much. I have owned a copy of it for years. This is a very interesting little thriller that more than likely slipped through the cracks. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
I saw this right after reading the complex book by Peter Hoeg. The book is narrated by Smilla, so we get to know her very well, and while a movie can't capture all that, and it did... Read morePublished 5 months ago by audrey pierce
Started out with a somewhat interesting premise and quickly disintegrated into a SILLY and HIGHLY IMPLAUSIBLE conspiracy theory mess of a film with James Bond like cliches and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by RLF