Snow Cake


Snow Cake

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



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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.


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
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)

  • 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

    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


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.
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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

"Dazlious!" 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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Could have been better with a tight editing & a better casting. The actress playing Linda, an autistic, was a disastrous miscast, IMO.

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familiar stranger

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