Thursday, August 20, 2009

Snow Cake

Honestly, Snow Cake is quite hard to appreciate, subjectively speaking. However, if you're willing to put some effort into the film, you'll probably find it appreciable. Besides, the film's biggest strength is definitely the cast's great performance given that the leading actors are Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss.

On his way to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Alex (Alan Rickman) lets Vivienne (Emily Hampshire), a hitchhiker who wants to go to Wawa, Ontario, hop in his car. However, a drunk truck driver (Callum Keith Rennie) hits Alex's car and as a result of that, he's the only survivor of the car accident. Since Vivienne is dead, Alex feels duty-bound to offer his apologies to Linda (Sigourney Weaver), Vivienne's autistic mother, and keep her company for a few days before heading to Winnipeg. At the same time, Alex will also develop a love relation with Maggie (Carrie-Anne Moss), Linda's neighbour.

As I suggested it, Snow Cake is not a film that I'd watch a second time because I found the pace a little bit slow while I was watching the film. However, when the ending credits rolled, one might believe that the slow pace was somehow justified. In fact, it's the slow pace that gives to the characters their flesh. All in all, Snow Cake is the kind of film that introduces you to the leading character's personal problem and lets him fix it slowly but surely.

Obviously, besides being a film about the beauty of friendship, Snow Cake is also an effective film about redemption through the character of Alex who is brilliantly played by Alan Rickman. As Alex has difficulty to connect with people, he tries to open himself in his relation with Linda and Maggie. Besides, with the knowledge that the drunk truck driver is around, will Alex unleash his violent behaviour or contain it? Of course, in Snow Cake, nothing is expressed explicitly. In fact, it's a film in which the depth can be seen even though the dialogues might seem thin.

In the performance department, the only reservation I have about is the one by Sigourney Weaver. I've never been around an autistic person in my life. However, I found her performance unrealistic. After all, given that the character of Linda seem obsessed by routine, how is it possible that the death of Vivienne (who took care of her) not seem to cause any sadness? Other than that, Sigourney Weaver does a good job in her role.

Despite the fact that Snow Cake might seem inaccessible for those who don't personally know an autistic person, it remains a good film.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:Canada/UK (2006)
Length:112 minutes
Screenplay:Angela Pell
Director:Marc Evans
Starring:Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss

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