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Alan Rickman has a made a career of stealing scenes in supporting roles, but he takes the lead in SNOW CAKE. Whether he's playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie or the voice of God in DOGMA, Rickman provides a fascinating combination of dry wit and gravitas that also serves him well here. Flanked by Carrie-Anne Moss and Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, Rickman's performance provides the core of this character-driven drama. Though Weaver's best roles are as strong and independent women in films like the Alien quadrilogy and WORKING GIRL, she's fascinating to watch in her role as an autistic woman. Rickman plays Alex Hughes, a lonely man driving to Winnipeg to meet someone from his past. Along the way, he meets a spunky young woman named Vivienne who is desperate for a ride home to her mother. But a car accident leaves Vivienne dead and Alex full of guilt, and he goes to the small town of Wawa, Ontario, to meet Vivienne's mother. In Wawa, he discovers that her mother, Linda (Weaver), is an autistic woman. She convinces him to stay for a few days, and he meets her beautiful neighbor, Maggie (Moss). With the help of Linda and Maggie, Alex may be able to move beyond his troubled history. SNOW CAKE isn't for those who need an elaborate plot or explosions. Instead, it's a rewarding drama for adults that also features a great soundtrack from Broken Social Scene, Feist, Super Furry Animals, and the Stereophonics.

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