Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow

DVD - 2000
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When a young boy from Greenland falls from the top of the house Smilla lives in, she suspects that this was not an accident. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE SMILL
Characteristics: Laser optical
1 videodisc (R)(121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features include: Featurette ; theatrical trailer
Originally released as a motion picture in 1997
Based upon the novel by Peter Høeg
Anamorphic widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.35:1)


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May 07, 2018

Um, contrary to a prior comment, Mel Gibson is NOT in this movie. While Scandinavian noir/mysteries (Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are everywhere now, they were pretty rare in the 90s when this film adaptation of Peter Hoeg's book came out. The book was a smash, the movie was a flop. While it's flawed, it deserves better. The casting is good, the settings are striking, and it maintains some of the tension of the novel. Julia Ormond is particularly good in the lead and maybe audiences weren't ready for a strong, somewhat unlikable female protagonist. The supporting cast includes Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Tom Wilkinson, and Vanessa Redgrave. Bille August, better known for serious dramas like "The Best Intentions" and "Pelle the Conqueror," directs. Worth a look.

Mar 29, 2013

Some aspects of this movie may not have been that polished, but never-the-less I am giving it 5 stars. I loved Smilla's fight for justice even though some of the acting was uneven. Julie Ormard did a great job. It was shot in Greenland and Denmark. Recommend

Mar 06, 2013

A poor, Hollywooded-up, travesty of a film. The novel of the same name is excellent; this film is a pathetic attempt to dumb-down the story and make the male friend/lover of Smilla more acceptable to American audiences by casting Mel Gibson in the part. I had the feeling Gibson never read the book. The ending of the film, with lots of things getting blown up, was quintessential Hollywood. Yuk. All thumbs down.


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