Alan Rickman Drives the Movie

Orlando Weekly | March 27, 2007
Two actresses make multiple appearances in this Florida Film Festival lineup, and they're both in Snow Cake. Sigourney Weaver (also in The TV Set) portrays a "high-functioning" and "very verbal" autistic mom who's confronted with the news that her daughter died in an automobile accident. Carrie-Anne Moss (also in Fido) is the "selfish" (and slutty) next-door neighbor. While Weaver's performance is marvelous (and Moss' ... meh), it’s Alan Rickman -- as the baggage-laden, shell-shocked driver of the car Weaver's vivacious daughter was riding in -- whose generally stunned performance drives the movie. As Rickman ingratiates himself with both women (he's as much of an outsider as they are), he's notably drawn into the thoroughly bizarre lives they lead in a thoroughly mundane North Canadian town. Despite the ominous overhang of death, isolation and mental illness, Snow Cake never entertains too much pathos nor does it become overly concerned with making Weaver's character even slightly sympathetic; her uncensored forthrightness is as refreshingly humane as it is hilarious.

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