Smilla's Sense of Snow Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Smilla's Sense of Snow the Movie

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Thriller starts off well but fails to sustain the suspense of the Peter Hoeg mystery on which it is based. Solitary scientist Smilla Jasperson (Ormond) is a half-Inuit, half-American (Danish in the book) resident of Copenhagen who's an expert on snow and ice. Born and raised in Greenland, Smilla is drawn back to her home when the body of six-year-old Isaiah (Miano), whom she's grudgingly befriended, is discovered at their apartment building. Smilla believes the boy was murdered and when she begins investigating it leads to the Greenland mining company where Isaiah's late father worked and which is run by the suspicious Tork (Harris). Location cinematography is particularly impressive.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 121 minutes.
Originally from German, Danish, Swedish.

Cast and Crew

Mystery & Suspense, Cold Spots, Miners & Mining, Science & Scientists, Corporate Shenanigans, Eskimos/Inuit
Ann Biderman
Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Loggia, Jim Broadbent, Mario Adorf, Bob Peck, Tom Wilkinson, Peter Capaldi, Emma Croft, Clipper Miano
Jorgen Persson
Bille August
Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams
Bernd Eichinger, Martin Moszkowicz, Fox Searchlight

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