19-25 January 2009

February 15 2009 at 9:23 am (The list)

snow-cake-poster-3Snow Cake (2006)

Alex (Alan Rickman) reluctantly gives young Vivienne (Emily Hampshire) a lift from a roadside cafe somewhere in snowy Canada. En route the car gets hit by a truck, killing Vivienne but leaving Alex unharmed. Wracked with guilt, Alex visits Vivienne’s highly-strung autistic mother Linda (Sigourney Weaver) to apologise and ends up staying with her until after the funeral. What with death, disability and a frosty setting, it may sound bleak, but Snow Cake is rewarding, captivating and imbued with much more humour than you might expect (Linda is unselfconsciously honest which makes everyone around her hilariously uncomfortable). Alex and Linda’s relationship is warm and believable, thanks to some great performances – Weaver is pure magic while Rickman manages to be both grumpy and sinister (two states he normally gives separately) in equal measures.

 

Rating: 4/5

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