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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

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Release Date
• USA: Feb 28, 1997
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 13, 2001

Budget $35,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, some violence and a sex scene.

Running Time
2 hours, 1 minute

Country Denmark, Germany, Sweden

Studio Constantin Film, Constantin Film Produktion-Smilla Fil, Fox Searchlight, Smilla Films

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Other Titles
• Smilla's Sense of Snow

• Smilla's Feeling for Snow (1997)

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Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Murder, Suspense, Disaster, Psychic, Investigation, Doctor, Culture Clash

Tagline: Snow covers everything...except the truth

Plot: Present-day Copenhagen. Six-year-old Greenlander Isaiah falls from an apartment-building roof. The police claim it was an accident. But Smilla Jasperson (Julia Ormond) knows Isaiah was afraid of heights. She is an expert in snow and, after examining his tracks, is sure Isaiah was terrified when he ran off the roof.

The heroine of Peter Høeg’s novel SMILLA’S SENSE OF SNOW is a unique creation--half Greenlander, always an outsider, she is spiky, determined, and brilliant. In Bille August’s movie, the beautiful Ormond conveys Smilla’s intelligence and hostility as, full of suspicion and resentment, she investigates. She questions police and medical experts, discovering a muscle sample was taken from Isaiah’s leg after he died. She ferrets out officials of the mining company where Isaiah’s father worked before dying on a secret expedition. She learns from Elsa Lübing (Vanessa Redgrave) that the company keeps two sets of files. And she discovers there are those who want her investigation to stop. Sometimes helped, sometimes hindered by the mysterious Mechanic (Gabriel Byrne), Smilla pursues the riddle of Isaiah’s death.

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 Directed by
Bille August
Misérables, Les, The House of the Spirits, Pelle the Conqueror
 Written by
Ann Biderman
Copycat, American Dreamer, Borgia
Julia Ormond
Legends of the Fall, First Knight, Sabrina
Gabriel Byrne
The Usual Suspects, Enemy of the State, End of Days
Jim Broadbent
Moulin Rouge!, Gangs of New York, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Tom Wilkinson
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love
Richard Harris
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Unforgiven
Robert Loggia
Independence Day, Scarface, Lost Highway
Vanessa Redgrave
Mission: Impossible, Deep Impact, Girl, Interrupted
 Music By
Harry Gregson-Williams
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Hans Zimmer
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