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Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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Julia Ormond stars as Copenhagen resident Smilla Jasperson, a reclusive, half-Inuit scientist who befriends a neglected Inuit boy who lives in her building. Arriving home from work one day, Smilla is mortified to learn that the boy has died in a fall from the building's roof. Suspicious because she knows that her young friend was afraid of heights, Smilla probes into the "accident." Her only ally is an enigmatic man known as the Mechanic (Gabriel Byrne), who also lives in the building and seems

Mar 13, 2001

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (16) | DVD (4)

Bad title, good movie.

February 7, 2007

An atmospheric and enjoyably preposterous mystery.

November 10, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Fascinating setting and strong performances make up for the far-fetched plotting.

September 2, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A truly outlandish twist that would be more at home in a no-brainer Hollywood action film than in what purports to be an intelligent adult thriller.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

Odd, atmospheric thriller that completely falls apart in the finale

June 16, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

The idiotic ending seems to belong to another movie.

January 3, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

An underrated and effective thriller, buoyed by a fine performance from Julia Ormond.

December 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Reveals zeal to be a virtue when it is put into practice as service of others.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Don't think too much about it, and you'll be fine.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

If you can be satisfied with just the film's atmosphere, then you might feel adequately nourished.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow has an eerie yet hypnotic style to it that really caught me by surprise. This is a mysterious film, based on a bestseller that I confess, I?ve not read, so can't comment on as an adaptation but I can recommend this to anyone who likes their films to be both original, compelling and highly unpredictable!
September 16, 2009

Super Reviewer

The Best Movie I have seen for the Month of March, ranks as an all time high. Smilla is a star. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your chair. I can't believe that this film didn't get more awards, its a sleeper. Other then the Berlin International Film Festival I don't think it showed up anywhere else. The young boy played a good part. A must see must add to any collection, starts in Greenland then to Denmark, my type of film, one that shows anything but America. 5 Stars. Thank you.
March 11, 2009
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

If it bothers you when you like a song and don?t know all the words to, this is not a movie for you. If you don?t mind humming your way through the verses to get to the refrain you?ll probably like this movie. I love this movie even with its abrupt transitions and so-so plot. Personal bias, yes, Julia Ormond is gorgeous, but the role plays to her strengths. She is a kept well off by here Anglo father which she resents and tries to keep to her mothers Inuit roots. Unlike Legends of the fall, First Knight and some what Sabrina, she is cast as an active participant in her life and it works. At a cursory review it?s a Nancy Drew mystery grown up, but Its really more about her relationship to the boy who dies and how that pans out across the mystery which is her own self perception. I couldn?t be a spoiler if I wanted to I can?t remember what was under the ice, but it?s not really important in the scheme of the movie
September 11, 2010
Bill Cavros

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    1. Tork: For people with resources, the right events happen. They may look like coincidences but they arise out of necessity.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Smilla Jasperson: Mathematics is a vast open landscape. You head towards the horizon. It is always receding, like Greenland. And that's what i can't live without. That's why I can't be locked up.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Smilla Jasperson: I'm sorry if I've given you the impression it's my mouth that's rough. I try to be rough all over.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Smilla Jasperson: The way you have a sense of God, I have a sense of snow.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Smilla Jasperson: The tracks go in a straight line to the edge. No child in the world would play like that.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
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