Snow Cake
Review by Ross Anthony

After an awkward opening sequence between a morose traveler and the bubbly hitchhiker he picked up, the film starts to come into its own. That solemn traveler finds himself cooped up with an unpredictable, yet endearing woman with autism.

Itís Rickmanís interactions with Weaverís unexpectedly detached behavior and then her suddenly whimsical outbursts that center the film. Both are strong, and their scenes together compelling and endearing, but thereís still something missing.

The rest of the film nestles around this relationship as Rickmanís character begins his catharsis. Itís a gentle film with a warm heart despite its mostly sad circumstance and tone. Of course, it brings awareness to Autism, and it has its moments of beauty, but I couldnít help wanting more from the film. Iím not sure where I wanted more, I just wanted more. And I didnít all together believe some of the choices made by the characters.

Definitely a solid B film.

Notes: The crew had chosen to shoot this in Wawa, Canada which is known for cold temperatures and abundant snow. Interestingly enough, upon shooting, the town experienced 13 days of sunshine and a bit of a melt down. Ultimately, the director used this to his advantage, as Rickman says, ďItís got snow in the title, but itís about the people who live in this place.Ē

-- Book Contest --

  • Snow Cake. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire, James Allodi.
  • Directed by Marc Evans.
  • Screenplay by Angela Pell.
  • Produced by Andrew Eaton, Gina Carter, Niv Fichman, Jessica Daniel at Weisntein/IFCfirsttake.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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