- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 13, 2001
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - English
- Dolby Surround - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Bonus Trailers - TITUS, GRAND CANYON, INVENTING THE ABBOTTS, PARADISE ROAD, THE ICE STORM
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 02/28/1997
"...A key pleasure in this combo mystery/sci-fi drama/character study from Peter Hoeg's novel is trying to guess where it's going..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 02/28/1997
"...Vanessa Redgrave makes another scene-stealing appearance....It's good enough to melt snow..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/14/1997
"...A superbly made film..."
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.
Smilla, a beautiful but curmudgeonly half-Inuit glaciologist, applies her uncanny understanding of the properties of snow to the fastidious investigation of the murder of an Inuit boy in Copenhagen. The trail leads to the frozen wastelands of coastal Greenland, where Smilla braves the perilous landscape and unearths a tangled web of corporate corruption.
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: February 28, 1997.
- Filmed on location in Greenland; in Kiruna, Sweden; and in Copenhagen, Denmark.