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Snow Cake (2007)

Alan Rickman , Sigourney Weaver , Marc Evans  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Scott Wickware, John Bayliss, Jackie Laidlaw
  • Directors: Marc Evans
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7HY00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snow Cake" on IMDb

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Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver form the quintessential indie-film odd couple in this intimately observed drama that makes a memorable detour from the usual high-concept, special effects-laden studio fare. Rickman is in his element as Alex, a morose, laconic ex-con just released from prison. A tragic twist of fate brings him to a Canadian small town and the doorstep of Linda, a functional autistic woman with a decidedly anti-social personality. Weaver is a wonder in a fiercely committed, vanity-free performance. "I don't like normal people," Linda states, and neither does Snow Cake, the heart of which is clearly with the outcasts and misfits, including Vivienne (Emily Hampshire), Linda's vivacious, hitchhiking daughter, who bums a ride with Alex because he looks lonely ("Lonely people have the best stories," she observes) and Linda's neighbor, Maggie (Carrie-Ann Moss), a nurturing type who is very quick to take damaged soul Alex into her bed. This is a palpably heartfelt project (screenwriter Angela Pell has an autistic daughter) that--the unfortunate title notwithstanding--mostly manages to avoid the cloying or manipulative. The smiling faces pictured on the DVD cover suggest an upbeat romantic comedy, but Snow Cake is a slice of something much more filling. --Donald Liebenson

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Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Alan Rickman star in this film about what happens in the aftermath of a young woman's death. Recently released from prison, Alex (Rickman) offers a ride to a hitchhiker, only to have her killed instantly when their car endures a brutal accident. Alex then approaches the girl's mother, and the events that unfold change his life and other around him dramatically.

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Snow' Takes the Cake January 1, 2008
Format:DVD
An interesting study of the human psyche that pushes all the buttons of its viewers with room to spare, "Snow Cake" is an eye-opening, life affirming experience in the form of an indie film. Marking the screenwriting debut of Angela Pell, it was directed by Marc Evans and screened to heavy fanfare at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and is at last available on DVD for a wider audience to appreciate.

Fresh off a four year prison stint for a mysterious murder charge, Alex Hughes, played by the fantastic Alan Rickman, is a docile, middle-aged Englishman on the way to Winnipeg, Canada. Not receptive to company after a long plane ride, he is approached in a diner by Vivienne, a young woman with a bubbly personality played by Emily Hampshire. Chatty and extroverted, she invites herself to sit down at his table and tells him all about herself. He is not in the mood to chat, but begrudgingly lets her bum a ride in his truck.

During their trip she eventually gets him to open up, and they establish a lovely rapport. Unfortunately, near the end of their journey they are rammed by a tractor trailer and Vivienne is killed instantly. Rattled and wholly devastated at her loss, Alex is compelled to contact her mother, Linda, played with unprecedented skill by Sigourney Weaver, to explain what happened as well as deliver gifts Vivienne bought.

When he meets Linda, he discovers that she is a high-functioning autistic woman who barely strays from her home and has a myriad of obsessions, among them cleanliness ("Don't go in my kitchen!"), her trampoline and, strangely, snow. Nonetheless upset at her daughter's death, she is inhibited by her disease which tempers her outward devastation. He tries to apologize, but she sees no need for one.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem June 23, 2007
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I saw this movie on PPV and had been waiting for it a long time. I initially wanted to see it because of Alan Rickman (Alec). He was wonderful as usual, but his real genius in this film was to sit back and let Sigourney Weaver (Linda) play off of him. Not that Rickman didn't have his moments, but Weaver was really outstanding. In one scene, Alec is sobbing uncontrollably and Linda looks at him quizzically and asks if there is something wrong with the tea. That's just one little gem of a scene.

Don't look for romantic fireworks or a dramatic ending in this movie. It's just the story of three people with their own secrets brought together by a tragic event. I found myself drawn into their lives, as they were drawn into each other's lives.

Once you see this movie, you will understand why I say it was "dalzious."
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivienne always picked the loneliest people to talk to December 8, 2007
Format:DVD
Because she wanted to be a writer and she believed they had the best stories.

She wasn't wrong when she picked Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman) out of all the diner customers to share a table with.

She really wasn't even wrong when she convinced him to give her a ride. The crash that killed her wasn't Alex's fault--a semi driver rammed his car and killed her.

Not knowing what else to do, Alex went to see Vivienne's Mom (Weaver) only to find that she was a high functioning autistic person with no one to care for her. Alex stayed til the funeral was over--and those days really are what the story is about.

Alex merely wants to help. While he doesn't understand Linda's condition, he very well knows the grief of losing a child and by helping her he is also working through his own issues. Rickman's portrayal of Alex may well be his best role in his career--and I have loved his performances for many years.

Weaver is also stellar as Linda. If I didn't know better, I would have said they'd recruited an autistic woman to play the role--and that to me, is the mark of really fine acting. The actor is lost when they become the part.

I cannot say this is a movie I would ever own. I doubt I will see "Snow Cake" again, but I would strongly recommend it to anyone who needs to deal with an autistic person. It's a very good illustration of how a high functioning autistic person relates to their environment.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about movies, watch this one November 27, 2007
Format:DVD
Every once in a while a movie comes along that is practically perfect, and this is one of those times. Aside from some annoyingly trendy hand-held camera work during the first five minutes of the movie, it doesn't put a foot wrong. All of the actors (even the minor supporting cast) turn in performances to be proud of: under-stated yet touching and convincing at all times. The camera work, once it settles down, is likewise understated but generally just right for each scene and moment. The script is spare and humor is cleverly used to underscore the poignancy. This is a real movie about real people, without a special effect in sight. The longer you watch, the more you want to see. If you want to see a grown-up movie for grown-up people, please watch this sparkling little gem.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A trio of fine veteran actors is on display in this desultory 2007 drama that makes an attempt at emotional uplift but doesn't quite make it. Directed by Marc Evans and written by Angela Pell, this small-scale indie taps into themes of emotional isolation and moving on after a devastating personal loss, subjects covered with greater dexterity and humor by similarly wintry films like Lars and the Real Girl. The story centers on a solitary middle-aged Brit named Alex Hughes, whose veiled bitterness masks a personal tragedy that had led to a prison term. Recently released, he is on a cross-country journey to Winnipeg when he finds himself entangled with a chatty teen-aged hitchhiker named Vivienne seeking passage home to the small Ontario town of Wawa.

A viscerally shocking moment leads Alex quite unexpectedly to meet Vivienne's mother Linda, a high-functioning autistic woman who is manically fastidious and emotionally disconnected from the people around her. Before you can say Rain Man, Alex and Linda forge a friendly alliance in which life lessons are learned, often under adversity, until the two must part. Meanwhile, an attraction is sparked between Alex and Linda's next-door neighbor Maggie, a sultry yet kindly divorcee whom Linda thinks is a prostitute. Give Pell credit for steering clear of the life-affirming clichés that would have marked this as a misplaced Lifetime TV-movie. Pell's personal insights are invaluable given that she has an autistic son. At the same time, Evans' handling of Alex's spiritual reawakening lacks the intensity that would have allowed the film to take flight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big stars, Small movie, but I loved it.
I notice HBO ran this movie a couple of times, I don't know why they don't run it more. Everyone was perfect in their part. Read more
Published 29 days ago by JIM MORFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything with Alan Rickman is good.
Add Sigourney Weaver and the pleasure rating escalates. Well done depiction of adult autism and those who deal with it on a daily basis.
Published 3 months ago by Marisa Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent actors!
Excellent acting by the entire cast of Snow Cake. Good movie, and I love Alan Rickman so of course I enjoyed it!
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky yet satisfying in the end
This movie is quirky, unsettling, and ultimately satisfying. Frankly, it has all the pieces for a well-made film, and the fact that they're assembled in a slightly odd manner... Read more
Published 4 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow Cake
Sigourney Weaver plays Linda, an autistic woman who is the mother of Emily, a free spirited young woman. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
5.0 out of 5 stars I was happy,not to be disappointed with this purchase.
This is a serious film about real life. The actors are fantastic. Emotional surprises so have kleenex near by. It is not a chick film or a family film , it is a grown up film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Grama
5.0 out of 5 stars I always like mine with a bit of Autumn Leaf Tea
SNOW CAKE (for the Independent Film Channel, 2006, 110 minutes, Canadian release) is one of those fantastic pleasures I am serendipitous enough to encounter on a regular basis. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow Cake
Mental illness is a very difficult subject to many people. Autisim is a subject that creates many feelings within us all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
I recommend this movie to anyone who likes sparklies, trampolines, making snow creatures, and snow cake!!!!!! I really enjoyed the quirkiness of this movie.
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn Lacey
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
I'm surprised that this thing is even for sale! The story line was okay, but it was not what I would have expected of the actors. I didn't realize we still had B rated movies.
Published 9 months ago by Darlene S.
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