A new New Year's resolution – watch more films! And here's my first of the year:
Snow Cake (2006)
In a nutshell:
Alan Rickman (Alex) stars as a very depressed ex-convict driving across Canada to Winnipeg. A young girl named Vivienne (Emily Hampshire) meets him in a diner, then catches a ride with him. Along the way tragedy strikes, and Vivienne is killed.
Alex, guilt-ridden, finds Vivienne's mother, Linda (Sigourney Weaver), in order to apologize and give her some things Vivienne had bought for her on the drive. It turns out Vivenne's mother is autistic, mystified by snow and all shiny things. Much of the plot centers on Linda and her world, how she reacted to loss, etc.
Alex promises to stay long enough to help Linda through the funeral. Meanwhile, he meets and develops a relationship with one of Linda's neighbors (Carrie-Anne Moss).
And the rest… You'll just have to watch it if you'd like to know.
In some ways I found it a bit trite, and one element I thought too coincidental and convenient, but sometimes life can be like that. Sigourney Weaver as an autistic mother was a good twist, though at times I'm not sure she was true to character. And she became very annoying very often. Then again, I imagine dealing with an autistic person isn't easy.
Things weren't quite explained as far as how Linda became Vivienne's mother, who was the father, etc. That was glossed over, and a lame attempt made at explaining it. It would have been better to leave that unsaid rather than make it seem a bit ridiculous.
An upside was the occasional humor injected into what could have been a serious downer of a movie.
Would I recommend it? Yes, but with the reservations I mentioned above.
"Genie" Award (whatever that is) – best supporting actress: Carrie-Anne Moss