Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "The suspense is laughably absent."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Not only dense, dark and deeply introspective, it's also as remote as it's chilly."

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'Smilla's Sense of Snow'

Scene from this movie This adaptation of Peter Hoeg’s best-selling novel certainly lures us into intriguing circumstances: the unexplained death of a 6-year-old Inuit boy in Copenhagen, and an Inuit-American woman’s attempt to get to the bottom of it.

The woman, a scientist called Smilla, feels connected to the boy on many levels. Smilla, too, is a Greenlandic immigrant in the Danish capital. When her mother died tragically in Greenland, Smilla’s American father moved the girl (also 6 at the time) to Copenhagen. She has been living in painful exile ever since.

As a result, she’s reclusive, and often hostile to people. She’s also drawn to abstract mysteries, such as the limitless world of mathematics and the almost infinitesimal manifestations of snow and ice. When the boy, Smilla’s only friend, is found crumpled in the snow, she becomes obsessed with solving the mystery. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Bille August
Cast: Julia Ormond; Gabriel Byrne;
Richard Harris; Robert Loggia;
Vanessa Redgrave; Tom Wilkinson;
Clipper Miano; Robert Loggia
Running Time: 2 hours
Filmographies: Julia Ormond; Gabriel Byrne;
Robert Loggia