Dry and crumbly, Cake makes for an unappetizing treat

Snow Cake

on April 27, 2007 by Kevin Courrier

In this drama about two relative outsiders who become friends after a horrible tragedy, director Marc Evans mixes both sincerity and quirkiness in equal measures in a vain attempt to help us understand our common differences. The story involves a withdrawn, remorseful man (Alan Rickman) who is just free from prison. As he drive through Northern Ontario, Canada, he gets involved in an accident that brings him into contact with an autistic woman (Sigourney Weaver) in a small town. As the two grow closer, they both learn to find ways to come out of their respective shells.

Weaver's work here is so mannered that she falls into the same trap that both Sean Penn ( I Am Sam ) and Dustin Hoffman ( Rain Man ) did in similar roles. Rather than playing a character who has a disability, she plays the disability as the character itself. Rickman is a little more agreeable, but the role itself is largely dull and unadorned. Snow Cake is so self-consciously decent that it melts away any tension that could have made it interesting. Distributor: IFC First Take
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Carrie-Anne Moss
Director: Marc Evans
Screenwriter: Angela Pell
Producers: Andrew Eaton, Niv Fichman, Gina Carter and Jessica Daniel
Genre: Drama
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 112 min.
Release date: April 27, 2007 ltd
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