Snow Cake (2006)



Critic Consensus: Sigourney Weaver gracefully undertakes a difficult role, while the rest of the cast lifts the histrionic plot into something worthwhile.

Movie Info

Alex is a quiet, brooding man struggling to come to terms with a fatal car crash in which he played a part. In the aftermath of this harrowing ordeal, he comes to stay in a small Canadian town with Linda, a highly functioning autistic woman whose life has also been touched by tragedy. As they each attempt to deal with their losses in their own distinct ways, Alan strikes up a relationship with Maggie and finds himself experiencing long-buried depths of emotion.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Angela Pell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
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as Linda Freeman

as Alex Hughes

as Dirk Freeman

as Ellen Freeman

as Vivienne Freeman

as Florence

as Diane Wooton

as Waitress

as Senior Cop

as Rookie Cop

as Marilyn the Dog

as Janet the Vet

as Jack the Optician

as Deborah the Neighbou...

as Dick the Neighbour
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Critic Reviews for Snow Cake

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (24)

A heartfelt but utterly predictable indie drama.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

It's essentially a vehicle for a dedicated cast, but occasionally it's more than that.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Weaver makes Linda her own, alternating between off-putting brashness, engaging honesty and bursts of spontaneous, childlike behavior.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Lack of dramatic intensity is all the more surprising considering the emotional clout of helmer Marc Evans' two best movies, the chilling Resurrection Man and scarefest My Little Eye.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
Top Critic

Overly forced, a shade too whimsical, but filling a void other words and other movies haven't the nerve or errant taste to confront.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This slow-burning character drama never gets as emotionally involving, or persuasive, as the moviemakers intend it to.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Snow Cake


This is the story of a man meeting with the autistic mother of a hitchhiking girl who died in his car after an accident. Outstanding acting performances, especially by Rickman and Weaver, and very quiet but lovely sense of humor make for a very likable and satisfying experience. Especially the scrabble game and the story of Mr. Fantastic is a very magical scene. Even though nothing terribly exciting happens after the initial shock, it is still fun and entertaining to follow those characters around for a while.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Oh my goodness do I love a nice drama! Throw in Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman and I am in my glory!! Sigourney did a great job playing a sometimes crazy, sometimes silly Autistic woman. I really got a kick out of her. This was a very entertaining movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The real beauty of this film is in the fleshed-out richness of the characters. It works because you're taken in by Vivienne's love of life, by Alex's debilitating guilt and by Maggie's subtle sexuality. Credit superb writing (Angela Pell) and performances (Emily Hampshire, Alan Rickman & Carrie-Anne Moss)

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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