Snow Cake

2006

Snow Cake

Critics Consensus

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

65%

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Total Count: 62

86%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 13,624
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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.

Cast

Sigourney Weaver
as Linda Freeman
Alan Rickman
as Alex Hughes
David Fox
as Dirk Freeman
Jayne Eastwood
as Ellen Freeman
Emily Hampshire
as Vivienne Freeman
Julie Stewart
as Florence
Selina Cadell
as Diane Wooton
Jackie Brown
as Waitress
Scott Wickware
as Senior Cop
Johnny Goltz
as Rookie Cop
Charlie
as Marilyn the Dog
Nia Roberts
as Janet the Vet
Dov Tiefenbach
as Jack the Optician
Susan Coyne
as Deborah the Neighbour
Robert Smith Jones
as Dick the Neighbour
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Critic Reviews for Snow Cake

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (22)

  • A heartfelt but utterly predictable indie drama.

    Aug 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's essentially a vehicle for a dedicated cast, but occasionally it's more than that.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Weaver makes Linda her own, alternating between off-putting brashness, engaging honesty and bursts of spontaneous, childlike behavior.

    Jun 1, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    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.

    Jun 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Variety
    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.

    Jun 1, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

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

    May 10, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Snow Cake

  • Sep 13, 2011
    Snow Cake is a 2006 independent drama film directed by Marc Evans and starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire, and Callum Keith Rennie. It was released on September 8, 2006 in the UK. Very interesting drama about unusual friendship filmed in Wawa, Ontario. Snow Cake is telling us a story of Linda, a woman with autism (Weaver), and Alex (Rickman) who is traumatized after a car accident involving him and Linda's daughter (Hampshire). The movie was screened and discussed at Autism Cymru 2nd international conference in May 2006 as well as the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, among others. It was the opening night screening for the Berlin Film Festival as well... It is carefully crafted and the screenwriter, Angela Pell, wrote the role of Alex Hughes with Rickman in mind. It was also Rickman who read the script and made sure Sigourney Weaver (with whom he had previously starred in Galaxy Quest) was contacted about the role of Linda. Both Rickman and Weaver were runners-up at the Seattle International Film Festival for the respective prizes of Best Actor and Best Actress. I have to say that my opinion is that Weaver was a weaker link in this movie with her "overacting" in some scenes... but , maybe, I am wrong... watch it and let me know your thoughts on it. During the course of making the movie, Sigourney Weaver (Linda) researched the subject of autism and was coached by Ros Blackburn, a woman with the condition who is also an author and speaker about autism and Asperger's syndrome. Alan Rickman chose not to research the subject of autism in order to make his character have an impact/shock when facing Linda which gave him an advantage in acting his character so much stronger. All praises for the director Marc Evans and his ability to make everything believable and not too tacky!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    Sigourney Weaver is mesmerizing and wonderful and Alan Rickman as always gives a great performance. Every now and then you watch a movie that opens your eyes and mind to a different world view and in this case it is a very beautiful thing watching the world through the eyes of an autistic woman. As everyone else around her grieves at the loss of her Daughter, the woman is seemingly uncaring or unable to feel anything about the fact that her daughter has died. However the whole time she is coping and dealing with the tragedy in her own unique and wonderful way. Really enjoyed the movie, certainly one of the best films I have seen. Ever!
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    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
  • Sep 11, 2010
    Such a well told story it plays so subtle and close to reality that most would over look it. Weaver takes on a major challenge in portraying and highly functioning Autistic person and Aces it. You are given allot of exposition about Weaver’s and Rickman’s character but really not enough to attain closure. As the movie progress you get more and more tidbits. Rickman Expat-Brit who has just been released from prison for killing a man, plays a very low key Englishman visiting Canada for the first time. He meet Weavers eccentric daughter roadside restaurant and after much coercion convinces him to give her a ride. Several hours later Richman begin to open-up and stop off for a bite to eat. Exiting the restaurant There car is slammed into by a Semi. Rickman lives but makes it a point to seek out her parents. I’ve always wondered if Alan Richman and Vinnie Jones have the same agent because they both get great roles and where they both carve out a great niche.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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