I thought this DVD looked good so I hired it, then never really felt in the mood. So by the time it was overdue I’d kinda forgotten why I’d chosen it, which made it kinda nice. Just sitting there, not knowing what to expect.
Englishman Alex (Alan Rickman) is sitting alone in a Canadian diner, minding his own business, when an emo-looking teenage girl comes and sits with him. He ends up giving her a ride and they kinda become friends, when out of nowhere a huge truck just slams into their car, killing emo-looking teenager.
The Englishman is devasted and although the accident wasn’t his fault he’s guilt-ridden and seeks out the teenager’s mother to apologise. He finds that mother Linda (Sigourney Weaver) is autistic and lives alone, and he is convinced to stay with her for a week or so. As he begins to help the mother by organising the funeral, he also finds comfort in staying with this woman and being part of her life.
Have you ever had an orgasm, Alex?
It has been known.
It sounds like an inferior version of what I feel when I have a mouthful of snow.
I think Sigourney Weaver does pretty stellar job and Alan Rickman’s his usual self. I also found the teenager, played by Emily Hampshire, to be really captivating, in an offbeat, wary kind of way. I thought Carrie-Anne Moss did a good job, but her character felt too familiar, almost cliched. The film has a sort of indie feel to it, but in parts it’s so obvious it’s like it’s consciously putting it on, like a wobbly camera or a random dream sequence kinda feel. It’s got a pretty rad soundtrack to it, including ‘Notteru Ondo‘ by The Drifters. I like movies like this that make you think, without trying too hard and being overly graphic to try and prove how “real” they are.
So if you’re after an interesting film which is genuinely thought-provoking without being agressively confrontational, this might be a good option. It’s also funny in parts, tragic, and has some good dialogue. Plus there are great performances from Snape, Trinity, and Dr. Grace Augustine. Snow Cake, anyone?
Director: Marc Evans
Starring: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver,