Canada / UK 2006
Evans’ “Snow Cake” is an awfully intimate dramedy that’s intent on
getting us close enough to its characters so that we can feel what character
Alex feels after he mistakenly ruins two lives on a road trip, and often it can
work. The slim budget helps Rickman obtain a sense of an average personality,
and his usual venerable persona is dialed down to portray a man who simply has
to live with himself.
And the dig is that rather than share in his grief, and face the blame, and torment he feels he so rightfully deserves for the accident, he is given nothing, thus the weight of the tragedy he experiences belongs to him and him alone, while the victim seemingly feels absolutely nothing.
Theatrical Release: Feb 9th, 2006 - Berlin International Film Festival
DVD Review: IFC - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||IFC - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 51.)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
This was a limited production (still shot on 35mm) and the grainy/indie look is surely intentional. It works well I thought and it came across as a kind of fine, soft digital noise - very closely resembling true grain. It was anamorphically transferred on a dual-layered, and progressive DVD. Detail and contrast were pretty good with colors appearing quite accurate - if not vibrant. Good news again that I don't see excessive manipulation and the image is very clean (as would be expected from a 2006 release).
No real extras save 11 ho-hum deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. A director commentary would have been nice with one of the stars beside him.
Some critics were quite down on this and I think they need to take a chill-pill. This was a reasonably touching effort not as pandering as some may suspect. Great cast - Rickman is always good - ditto for Weaver and Moss. I enjoyed it but don't know that everyone will - I think you have to open yourself up to the story to some degree. I'd give it a spin if you suspect you might be keen - just don't get expectations too stratospheric.