Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Moving and Powerful: Snow Cake

Snow Cake
Directed by Marc Evans
Released April 27, 2007

Alan Rickman stars as a just-released ex-con who gives a lift to an overly chatty girl, a decision which will affect his life more than he could have predicted. The film is profound yet simple, nicely shot and well-directed. The complex relationships between characters in the film are developed in a subtle way which heightens the effect of the film.

Alan Rickman gives a tremendous, understated performance as Alex, the conflicted ex-con trying to resolve his troubled life. Sigourney Weaver is very good as Linda, the autistic mother who cannot grieve appropriately. Carrie-Anne Moss is seductive and well-suited for the relatively insignificant role of Linda's next-door neighbor Maggie. Overall, the film is an affecting dramatic experience.


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