Alex (Alan Rickman), a tight-lipped Englishman recently freed from prison, is driving through Ontario when he begrudgingly picks up the vivacious teenage hitchhiker Vivienne (Emily Hampshire). On the outskirts of her hometown, a truck hits the car. Vivienne dies instantly and Alex finds himself, for the second time in his life, grieving for someone he never knew. Devastated by the accident, Alex goes to the frozen backwater of Wawa, Ontario to visit Vivienne's mother Linda (Sigourney Weaver). There, he discovers that she is autistic with an unconventional take on life and mourning. Drawn in to the small frozen backwater community, Alex soon forms a close relationship wish Linda, begins an affair with her sassy neighbour Maggie (Carrie-Anne Moss), and becomes the object of scrutiny by the ineffectual local law enforcement officer Clyde (James Allodi). As the funeral approaches, life in Wawa seems to have enabled Alex to face the present, but how will he cope when the dark secrets of his past finally emerge?
Excellent thought-provoking drama
- Snow Cake review by Rubber Ducky
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Alan Rickman is excellent as Alex, a recently released convict who just wants a quiet life. He stops for coffee and reluctantly picks up a chatty young woman (Vivienne) who is hitch hiking home to Wawa. Just as they reach Wawa, a tragic accident causes the death of Vivienne. Alex goes to visit her mother, Linda, to express his condolences. However, Linda is autistic and therefore appears to show no emotion, or even interest, in her daughter's death. Alex forms a relationship with Linda, and becomes remontically involved with her neighbour. As the film progresses, we find out why Alex was imprisoned. Sigourney Weaver plays the part of Linda extremely well, capturing her vulnerability. It is a film that looks at human emotion and the nature of grieving. I enjoyed it as I felt I cared about the characters and was intrigued by how Linda dealt with her daughter's death.
Excellent drama peppered with dark humour.
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I was pleasantly surprised at just how good this film was. I'm not a fan of Alan Rickman, but he gave a remarkably restrained portrayal of Alex and Sigourney Weaver as the autistic Linda was the easily the best acting performance I've seen from her. Overall, this is a great film, well written, well acted and peppered throughout with some great dark humour.