Smillas Sense of Snow

Directed By: Bille August Starring: Gabriel Byrne Julia Ormond

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Based on the best-selling novel, this gripping, suspenseful thriller deals with a headstrong woman who uses her uncanny knowledge of ice and snow to unravel a taut web of lies and intrigue. When her six-year old neighbor falls from a snow covered roof, Smilla (Julia Ormond) suspects the boy's death was no accident. Together with a mysterious lover (Gabriel Byrne), who holds secrets of his own, she defies local authorities and begins a dangerous game of cat-and- mouse in an effort to uncover the truth.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40148837
UPC 024543012214
UPC 14 00024543012214
Format DVD
Release Date 2/21/2006
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Editors Note
Note Present-day Copenhagen. Six-year-old Greenlander Isaiah falls from an apartment-building roof. The police claim it was an accident. But Smilla Jasperson (Julia Ormond) knows Isaiah was afraid of heights. She is an expert in snow and, after examining his tracks, is sure Isaiah was terrified when he ran off the roof.|The heroine of Peter Høeg's novel SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW is a unique creation--half Greenlander, always an outsider, she is spiky, determined, and brilliant. In Bille August's movie, the beautiful Ormond conveys Smilla's intelligence and hostility as, full of suspicion and resentment, she investigates. She questions police and medical experts, discovering a muscle sample was taken from Isaiah's leg after he died. She ferrets out officials of the mining company where Isaiah's father worked before dying on a secret expedition. She learns from Elsa Lübing (Vanessa Redgrave) that the company keeps two sets of files. And she discovers there are those who want her investigation to stop. Sometimes helped, sometimes hindered by the mysterious Mechanic (Gabriel Byrne), Smilla pursues the riddle of Isaiah's death.
Plot Summary
Summary Smilla, a beautiful but curmudgeonly half-Inuit glaciologist, applies her uncanny understanding of the properties of snow to the fastidious investigation of the murder of an Inuit boy in Copenhagen. The trail leads to the frozen wastelands of coastal Greenland, where Smilla braves the perilous landscape and unearths a tangled web of corporate corruption.
USA Today "...A key pleasure in this combo mystery/sci-fi drama/character study from Peter Hoeg's novel is trying to guess where it's going..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 02/28/1997 p.3D
New York Times "...Vanessa Redgrave makes another scene-stealing appearance....It's good enough to melt snow..." 02/28/1997 p.C3
Chicago Sun-Times "...A superbly made film..." 03/14/1997 p.33
Bille August
Gabriel Byrne
Julia Ormond
Cast & Crew
Gabriel Byrne - Actor
Jim Broadbent - Actor
Julia Ormond - Actor
Richard Harris - Actor
Robert Loggia - Actor
Vanessa Redgrave - Actor
Peter H¿eg - Based On Novel By
Jšrgen Persson - Cinematographer
Bille August - Director
Hans Zimmer - Musical Score
Harry Gregson-Williams - Musical Score
Bernd Eichinger - Producer
Martin Moszkowicz - Producer
Ann Biderman - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 2001221
UPC 00024543012214
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review ...a contemporary mystery that incorporates murder, greed, and science fiction into an often uneven, occasionally preposterous, but always engrossing whole.... As thrillers go, Smilla's Sense of Snow is definitely unconventional. The locations are atypical, the protagonist is a woman who doesn't run into the arms of a man at the first sign of trouble, and there aren't any car chases. The storyline is reasonably complex...and features enough small surprises and twists to retain the average viewer's attention.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Ormond,Julia
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine ...a frigidly beautiful film full of sinister intrigue and psychological conflict...
Rita Kempley, Washington Post ...makes the most paranoid episodes of The X-Files seem almost down-to-earth.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...this tough-to-peg whodunit keeps you going...
Thelma Adams, New York Post An uncommonly intelligent adult thriller.
Time Magazine ...Ormond fulfills her promise in a searing performance...
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up!

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