Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)



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Set in Copenhagen, this mystery thriller features mixed-blood Inuit Smilla, who has an uncanny sense for different kinds of snow. After visiting the scene where a boy plummeted to his death, she examines the snow and learns that it may not be an accident after all.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Fox Searchlight Pictures


Julia Ormond
as Smilla Jaspersen
Gabriel Byrne
as The Mechanic
Robert Loggia
as Moritz Johnson
Vanessa Redgrave
as Elsa Lubing
Jim Broadbent
as Lagermann
Mario Adorf
as Lukas
Bob Peck
as Ravn
Tom Wilkinson
as Dr. Loyen
Emma Croft
as Benja
Peter Capaldi
as Lander
Jürgen Vogel
as Jakkelsen
Clipper Miano
as Isaiah
Agga Olsen
as Juliane
Ono Fleischer
as Inuit Hunter
Patrick Field
as Policeman
Mathew Marsh
as Detective
Charlotte Bradley
as Mrs. Lagermann
Ann Queensberry
as Mrs. Schou
David Hayman
as Telling
Ida Julie Andersen
as Smilla as a Child
Alvin Ing
as Licht
Eric Holmey
as Hansen
Peter Gantzler
as Maurice
Lars Brygmann
as Verlaine
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Critic Reviews for Smilla's Sense of Snow

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

This tough-to-peg whodunit keeps you going for two hours, despite a few James Bond-ish (or Jane Bond-ish) turns that play less preposterously than you might assume were they to be divulged.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 12, 2004

Odd, atmospheric thriller that completely falls apart in the finale

June 16, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Audience Reviews for Smilla's Sense of Snow

I'm not sure why I love this movie so much, but it's been one of my favorites for years. It has a very interesting vibe, the acting is fantastic, and Smilla is one of my favorite female characters ever.

Mireya S
Mireya S

The Name gave me the idea I was in for a Sweet Little Film, what a Surprise that it was a Conspiracy Thriller.Really Quite a Pleasant Surprise.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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 Cavros
Bill Cavros

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