This is a wonderful movie and a great adaptation to film of Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg.
Smilla, brought to Copenhagen against her will after her Inuit mother’s death, is a loner, a rebel against society, who hides her fears and loneliness under a thick coat of armor. She seeks refuge in science – her definition of longing is mathematics’ negative numbers, the “formalization of the feeling that you’re missing something.”
Snow is Smilla Jaspersen’s specialty; it’s what she studies and what she knows better than anybody and anything. So when her only friend, an Inuit boy living in the same Copenhagen apartment complex as her, is found dead on the pavement in front of their house, she knows something must be amiss. He can’t have fallen off the roof, as the police quickly conclude: afraid of heights, he would not have climbed to the roof if not driven there in the first place, and he certainly wouldn’t have run to the edge … as his footsteps in the otherwise untouched snow cover on the roof, however, indicate.
Based on a much-praised 1992 bestseller by Peter Hoeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow is a film of moody power and boundless mystery in its first half, and becomes a conspiracy-laden schock thriller in its second.
Julia Ormond stars as the half-Inuit, Greenland native of Hoeg’s book, and is fascinating, somehow more beautiful than usual through her emphasis of her character’s destabilizing conflicts. Her performance in this movie is very strong. Somewhat aided by an ambiguous neighbor (Gabriel Byrne), Smilla investigates a connection between the child’s death and the misdeeds of a mining company.
The DVD edition of Smilla’s Sense of Snow includes an original theatrical trailer and a short feature on the making of the production.
- Actors: Ona Fletcher, Julia Ormond, Agga Olsen, Patrick Field, Matthew Marsh
- Directors: Bille August
- Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Rating: R (Restricted)
- Studio: 20th Century Fox