Snow Cake

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Snow Cake
Directed by Marc Evans
Produced by
Written by Angela Pell
Music by Broken Social Scene
Cinematography Steve Cosens
Edited by Mags Arnold
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 8, 2006 (2006-09-08) (United Kingdom)
  • September 14, 2006 (2006-09-14) (Canada)
Running time
112 minutes
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,381,665[1]

Snow Cake is a 2006 British/Canadian indie romantic comedy drama film directed by Marc Evans and starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire, and Callum Keith Rennie. It was released on 8 September 2006 in the UK.

Filmed in Wawa, Ontario, Snow Cake is a drama about the relationship between autistic Linda (Weaver), and a neurotypical British tourist Alex (Rickman) who has a change of heart after a fatal car accident involving himself and Linda's daughter Vivienne (Hampshire).


When the eccentric drifter Vivienne Freeman gets a ride from a reluctant recluse Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman), she is killed by a transport truck side ramming the car, while Alex only gets a nosebleed. Everybody agrees that it is not Alex's fault. He visits Vivienne's mother, Linda (Sigourney Weaver), to deliver Vivienne's gifts and to provide support. She has been informed about her daughter's death a few hours before Alex's visit, but does not show any signs of grief. However, she has a cleanliness mania which involves her constantly making sure everything in her home is neat, and prevents her from touching garbage bags. Her problem is finding someone who will put the garbage outside to be collected, as this was always something done by her daughter. Linda insists that Alex stay a few days so that he can do it for her. He agrees and also arranges Vivienne's funeral.

During his stay he begins a relationship with one of Linda's neighbors, Maggie (Carrie-Anne Moss), who Linda mistakenly thinks is a prostitute. A local policeman warns Maggie of Alex's intentions because he has just served time for a man's murder. Maggie does not confront Alex about the matter, but instead waits until he brings the subject up himself. Alex reveals that he killed the man who caused his son's death in a car crash while his son was on his way to meet Alex for the first time — Alex had only recently learned about his existence, the result of an affair a long time ago.

Linda dislikes Maggie to the point where she initially refuses her help. But after Alex leaves to see the mother of his son, she allows Maggie to come into her home and help her.



The screenwriter, Angela Pell, wrote the role of Alex Hughes with Rickman in mind.[2] It was also Rickman who read the script and made sure Weaver (fellow Galaxy Quest costar) was contacted about the role of Linda.[3] Both Rickman and Weaver were runners-up at the Seattle International Film Festival for the respective prizes of Best Actor and Best Actress.

During the course of making the movie, Weaver researched the subject of autism and was coached by Ros Blackburn, a woman with the condition who is also an author and speaker about autism and Asperger's syndrome. Alan Rickman chose not to research the subject of autism in order to make his character have an impact/shock when facing Linda.[4]


The film was screened and discussed at Autism Cymru 2nd international conference in May 2006 as well as the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, among others. It was also the opening night screening for the Berlin Film Festival.[5]


Rotten Tomatoes has certified the film 66% 'fresh' based on 59 reviews. It won the People's Choice Award at the 2007 Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

Awards & nominations[edit]

The film was nominated in four categories at the 27th Genie Awards in 2007:


  1. ^ "Snow Cake". Box Office Mojo. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  2. ^ Marc Evans (2006). Making of Snow Cake (DVD). BBC. 
  3. ^ Alan Rickman (2006). Making of Snow Cake (DVD). BBC. 
  4. ^ "Snow Cake - Review". IndieLondon. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  5. ^ Smith, Neil (2006-08-16). "Weaver, still standing tall at 56". BBC. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 

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