Smilla's Sense of Snow

1997, Mystery & thriller/Drama, 2h 1m

33 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Police say otherwise, but scientist Smilla Jaspersen (Julia Ormond) thinks her young neighbor was chased by an adult before he fell to his death. An Inuit who spent her childhood in Greenland, Smilla learns that the boy's father died while working for Dr. Andreas Tork (Richard Harris) in Greenland. After sharing her murder theory with an increasingly mysterious friend called The Mechanic (Gabriel Byrne), she heads back to Greenland in the hope of finding a link between the deaths.

Cast & Crew

Julia Ormond
Smilla Jasperson
Gabriel Byrne
The Mechanic
Richard Harris
Dr. Andreas Tork
Robert Loggia
Moritz Jasperson
Jim Broadbent
Dr. Lagermann
Mario Adorf
Capt. Sigmund Lukas
Tom Wilkinson
Prof. Loyen
Peter Capaldi
Birgo Lander
Jürgen Vogel
Nils Jakkelsen
Clipper Miano
Isaiah Christiansen
Agga Olsen
Juliane Christiansen
Ann Biderman
Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Jörgen Persson
Cinematographer
Peter Høeg
Writer
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Critic Reviews for Smilla's Sense of Snow

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  • Jun 15, 2020
    Smilla's Sense of Snow vanished after VHS release and I was unable to track it down until now. The cast is incredible and when you view the style of the film, you can understand the attraction. The issue of the film is the overall storyline's ambition. The pacing might turn people off and the mixed response is a prime example of this. I like films that are slow and character/plot driven so the mixed reviews don't mean a lot to me. The camera work is impressive and I was quite shocked that the explosions appeared so cheap. The film is a slow burn and it does have some unexpected twists that I hadn't expected. The novel plot points are evident and this is why the 90s high-concept films fell to the side. Good film if you're patient. 15/06/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    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
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2009
    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.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2007
    had a good plot...very promising...
    Liolia K Super Reviewer

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