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Smilla's Sense of Snow1997

Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)



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Set in Copenhagen, this mystery thriller features mixed-blood Inuit Smilla, who has an uncanny sense for different kinds of snow. After visiting the scene where a boy plummeted to his death, she examines the snow and learns that it may not be an accident after all.


Julia Ormond
as Smilla Jaspersen
Gabriel Byrne
as The Mechanic
Robert Loggia
as Moritz Johnson
Vanessa Redgrave
as Elsa Lubing
Jim Broadbent
as Lagermann
Tom Wilkinson
as Dr. Loyen
Jürgen Vogel
as Jakkelsen
Agga Olsen
as Juliane
Ono Fleischer
as Inuit Hunter
Patrick Field
as Policeman
Mathew Marsh
as Detective
Charlotte Bradley
as Mrs. Lagermann
Ann Queensberry
as Mrs. Schou
David Hayman
as Telling
Ida Julie Andersen
as Smilla as a Child
Alvin Ing
as Licht
Lars Brygmann
as Verlaine
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Critic Reviews for Smilla's Sense of Snow

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

The idiotic ending seems to belong to another movie.

January 3, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
Top Critic

Here is a movie so absorbing, so atmospheric, so suspenseful and so dumb, that it proves my point: The subject matter doesn't matter in a movie nearly as much as mood, tone and style.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This tough-to-peg whodunit keeps you going for two hours, despite a few James Bond-ish (or Jane Bond-ish) turns that play less preposterously than you might assume were they to be divulged.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4
Top Critic

Bad title, good movie.

February 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

An atmospheric and enjoyably preposterous mystery.

November 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Fascinating setting and strong performances make up for the far-fetched plotting.

September 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Smilla's Sense of Snow

If it bothers you when you like a song and don’t know all the words to, this is not a movie for you. If you don’t mind humming your way through the verses to get to the refrain you’ll probably like this movie. I love this movie even with its abrupt transitions and so-so plot. Personal bias, yes, Julia Ormond is gorgeous, but the role plays to her strengths. She is a kept well off by here Anglo father which she resents and tries to keep to her mothers Inuit roots. Unlike Legends of the fall, First Knight and some what Sabrina, she is cast as an active participant in her life and it works. At a cursory review it’s a Nancy Drew mystery grown up, but Its really more about her relationship to the boy who dies and how that pans out across the mystery which is her own self perception. I couldn’t be a spoiler if I wanted to I can’t remember what was under the ice, but it’s not really important in the scheme of the movie

Bill Cavros
Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

The Best Movie I have seen for the Month of March, ranks as an all time high. Smilla is a star. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your chair. I can't believe that this film didn't get more awards, its a sleeper. Other then the Berlin International Film Festival I don't think it showed up anywhere else. The young boy played a good part. A must see must add to any collection, starts in Greenland then to Denmark, my type of film, one that shows anything but America. 5 Stars. Thank you.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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