Smilla's Sense of Snow

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Released 1997

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Smilla's Sense of Snow

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Director:
Bille August
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Smilla's Sense of Snow is a 1997 thriller film directed by Bille August. Based on the novel by Danish author Peter Hoeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow tells the story of an investigation into the mysterious death of a six year-old boy. After the child falls to his death from the roof of his apartment building, his neighbor and friend Smilla Jasperson (Julia Ormond) becomes suspicious and starts a private investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. Smilla knows that the boy was scared of heights, which leads her to believe that the "accidental" death was actually a murder. Further investigation soon reveals that the boy's late father also died under mysterious circumstances while performing top-secret work for a mining agency. Collaborating with a mysterious man called the Mechanic (Gabriel Byrne), Smilla must work to uncover the truth without endangering her own life. Smilla's sense of snow is a beautifully photographed, atmospheric and engaging film and eschews Hollywood-style excess in favor of subtlety and complexity. Fans of Peter Hoeg's novels should not miss this film.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    This story has now been gracefully adapted by Bille August into a sleek, good-looking film that captures the book's peculiar fascination.

  • 70

    Variety David Stratton

    An exceedingly sleek and handsome thriller, this ambitious European co-production, like the novel on which it's quite faithfully based, starts intriguingly but fails to stay the di...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Though enlivened by occasional touches, "Smilla's" is like the food at Taco Bell: exotic only to someone who hasn't experienced the real thing.

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    Thrillers, Psychological