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Director: Bille August     Starring: Gabriel Byrne Julia Ormond
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Smillas Sense of Snow DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40148837
UPC: 024543012214
UPC 14: 00024543012214
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From the best-selling novel.
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.

"...a frigidly beautiful film full of sinister intrigue and psychological conflict...  Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"...makes the most paranoid episodes of The X-Files seem almost down-to-earth.  Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"...this tough-to-peg whodunit keeps you going...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An uncommonly intelligent adult thriller.  Thelma Adams, New York Post
"...Ormond fulfills her promise in a searing performance...  Time Magazine
"Two thumbs up!  Siskel & Ebert

Editor's 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.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/21/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 125 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2001221
Video UPC UPC: 00024543012214
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Gabriel Byrne
Video Cast Info Jim Broadbent
Video Cast Info Julia Ormond
Video Cast Info Richard Harris
Video Cast Info Robert Loggia
Video Cast Info Vanessa Redgrave
Video Cast Info Peter H¿eg - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Jšrgen Persson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Bille August - Director
Video Cast Info Hans Zimmer - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Harry Gregson-Williams - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Bernd Eichinger - Producer
Video Cast Info Martin Moszkowicz - Producer
Video Cast Info Ann Biderman - Screenplay
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
...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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Ormond,Julia
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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