Release Date:April 27,2007
Tight-lipped Englishman Alex Hughes (Rickman) arrives in Northern Ontario on his way to meet the woman with whom he?s had a son. He?s convinced by an altogether unconventional but lovable 19 year-old hitchhiker Vivienne (Emily Hampshire) into giving her a ride to her hometown of Wawa. When the car is hit by a truck on the outskirts of her hometown, Vivienne dies instantly, and Alex finds himself grieving for someone he never knew. Shocked and stranded in snowbound Wawa, Alex is drawn to seek out Vivienne?s mother, to talk to her in person about the fate of her daughter, which is how Alex comes face to face with Linda Freeman (Weaver) and discovers she is no ordinary mother. As Alex becomes increasingly involved in Linda?s life and the community to which she feels complete indifference, in part because of her condition, Linda in turn becomes attached ? to the degree that she is emotionally capable ? to Alex, and to what he can do for her. In the meantime, Alex forms a relationship with Linda?s sexy, independent neighbor, Maggie (Moss), and becomes the object of scrutiny by the ineffectual local law enforcement officer Clyde (James Allodi), who, besides being jealous of Alex?s new relationship with Maggie, believes he?s discovered a dark secret in Alex?s past. SNOW CAKE is a UK-Canadian co-production produced by Gina Carter and Andrew Eaton from Revolution Films and Canadian based producers Niv Fichman and Jessica Daniel from Rhombus Media. The film is executive produced by Robert Jones, Michael Winterbottom, David M. Thompson, Henry Normal and Steve Coogan.It was an official selection of many 2006 film festivals including TriBeCa, Toronto and Berlin, where it was the opening night film.