Snow Cake review (10/10)

Snow Cake (2006)
Alan Rickman in Snow Cake

I wanted to see it, because I like Alan Rickman (where has he been?). But I missed the early evening film, because my bus didn’t want to show up, first time I waited for a bus for over an hour. But I enjoyed being outside after 2 days in my room, so I didn’t really mind. The bus came eventually, and I went. I was there one and a half hour before the late evening film start, sat a bit on Piccadilly Circus, and then … it started raining. I like rain.

I like watching people in the rain. How they start running, or how they just don’t care. Some of them pull their umbrellas at the very first drops. Some of them go with umbrellas like mine normally looks like – the metal pins sticking out. There are golfers (I think) that have umbrellas so big that they can cover the half of London. And there are people like me, who have forgotten their umbrellas at home. Now I don’t mind a bit of rain, but this was more than a fair bit, and I more or less considered taking the bus home again. But again, the bus didn’t show up. And now there was only half an hour left, so I went to the cinema and bought my ticket. And that turned out to be a very good decision.

‘Cause there it was, the best film of 2006. And it had nothing to do with rain, but everything with snow. And life. And …

Snow Cake (Official UK Site with the trailer)

Tagline: A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman (Weaver) and a man (Rickman) who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Now that is a very serious and depressing tagline, but the film is far from depressing. It is so beautiful. There were moments where the tears were running down my face, of laughing, immensely funny moments, and there were immensely sad moments too.

Alan Rickman is such a fantastic actor. He doesn’t say much in this film, he doesn’t need to, but when he says something you pay attention, and he has this delicious voice. He has this very recognizable Britishness over him that I love in an actor, and that is used well in this film, where he plays opposite an American and a Canadian woman (Moss). Sigourney Weaver is excellent as the snowflake loving autistic woman, and Carrie-Anne Moss proves that she can do so much more than running around in a latex suit in the Matrix.

I don’t want to say more about it, go see it before it has melted away. It is truly beautiful, and you will feel good about it after.

Sometimes stopping is the most important part of the journey…

Directed by Marc Evans
Cast Alan Rickman, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sigourney Weaver

13 thoughts to “Snow Cake review (10/10)”

  1. Thank you for this review dear Ingrid. Is this coming to the U.S.? Perhaps it’s already here! It sounds so wonderful. And I’m with you on Rickman’s wonderful English voice.

  2. The rain was crazy last night.

    > “Carrie-Anne Moss proves that she can do so much more than running around in a latex suit in the Matrix”

    Just because she can, doesn’t mean that she should. The latex suit needs to make a come-back.

  3. Hope you don’t mind a stranger dropping in but I was googling blogs for Alan Rickman and found your review. I saw the movie last week (and Alan) and I loved it too (mind you I adore Alan Rickman in anything).
    I was intrigued by your webtitle as I’m also a big Bill Nighy fan, he really is a nice guy. I must go check out that cafe next time I’m in town.

  4. Strangers dropping in is one of the best parts of having a weblog!

    And really too bad I missed that Q&A with Alan last week ! But the film was very beautiful indeed. And yes check out the cafe in London, and more Bill if you really like him.

  5. Yes, I met Bill at an anti-war event that he and Alan Rickman did at the National Theatre back in 2003. He just came over at the end and started chatting and he seemed a genuinely nice person. He does loads on the radio too which is always a good thing.
    The Snowcake Q&A was great, Hampstead Everyman is such a nice little intimate cinema.

  6. Well we could talk for hours about Bill (about the billicious Charles Paris radio play currently running on BBC4 for example) but people are going to kill me here if I do that :-) I haven’t met him (yet I would like to add), but I have often heard that he is a genuinly nice person. Generally Brittain is blessed with some really great and outstanding actors. It’s really not a bad country to live in …

  7. Hi Ingrid, I came across your blog whilst googling ‘Snowcake’. I went to see it last night, and like you fell in love with it. It is definitely the best film I’ve seen this year by far, although I really enjoyed ‘Little miss sunshine’ too. It’s rare to find a film that moves you so much, and I too had tears in my eyes, and laughed. Truely beautiful :-)

  8. Hi Kate, thanks for stopping by :-) And good to hear there are more people loving this great film.
    I still have to see Little Miss Sunshine, it is on my to-see list, and I hope to catch it this weekend. It will be hard for it to beat Snow Cake though. That truly was a beautiful film.

  9. Hi Ingrid,
    Thanks for sharing your review with us. Like Grigorisgirl (mentioned above), who I actually met September 5th, I really liked this little Gem. It?s full of wit, hope and Alan Rickman (who I also met) of course. I recommend everyone to go and see this movie. It?s lovely.

  10. I can’t believe it’s been one year since I read your review of Snow Cake. I looked it up, but it didn’t become available here until September 11, 2007. I ordered it with money I got for my birthday from my son Frankie. It arrived today in the mail while I was making smoothies for us, so I asked Frankie to unwrap it and pop it into the DVD player. It just ended.
    Thank you, Ingrid, for pointing out the way to this movie. Thank you.

  11. @Michele – I can’t really believe it is one year ago either, as I remember this film clearly. Time goes so fast. Reading your word make me want to see the film again too, maybe I should just buy it. It’s a gem.

    I am very happy to hear you like the film too, and a (belated I think) happy birthday to you.

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