Movie: Smilla’s Sense Of Snow

I had a chance to see this movie today, finally striking it off my Infinite Backlog.

I knew nothing about it beforehand other than it was about a woman with a keen insight into snow.

It turns out that woman is a mixture of a white father and an Inuit mother. That combination apparently leads to this:


Which doesn’t look one bit Inuit to me — but a character in the movie glances at her and asks her if she is. Yeah, I should have known that with something that dumb in the front, the back of it would be Major Dumb.

The ultimate mystery is so stupid but I won’t spoil it.

I still recommend this movie because it and the book it’s based on clearly were the model for things such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Forbrydelsen.

Speaking of the latter:



The top one is Forbrydelsen, the bottom is Smilla. See the influence?

Fans of Doctor Who will want to have a peek at this too, for Peter Capaldi’s brief, mad role:


Despite the utter stupidity of the movie, I still want to read the book. Even as bad as it was, there were glimpses in this movie into what must be a good book.

By the way, I’m not the only person to see the Smilla-Lisbeth connection: 20 Years Of Smilla’s Sense Of Snow.


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2 responses to “Movie: Smilla’s Sense Of Snow

  1. Fred Chang

    The book is excellent. It was nicely written with a sense for the different kinds of snow that exist in the Inuit language, but not Danish (or English). It is also set in Greenland, another theme that comes up in Scandinavian stories (an Episode in Borgen featured the ties between Greenland and Denmark) and a novel by the Iceland mystery author Yrsa Sigurdardottir (The Day is Dark) is set on the remote Eastern coast of Greenland.

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