Alan Rickman stars as Alex, an emotionally distant British man who gets into a tragic car accident whilst driving across Canada. The repercussions of the crash bring him to snowy Wawa, Ontario where he finds himself looking after an eccentric, high-functioning autistic woman named Linda (Sigourney Weaver).
As Alex gradually begins to adjust and open up to his new surroundings, he develops an awkward friendship with Linda and a friendship/romance with Maggie (Carrie-Ann Moss)
Director Marc Evans, best known for My Little Eye) has a real eye for character and location detail, as the film progresses the snow slowly begins to melt.
Rickman is fantastic as Alex, his instant reactions to the people around him speaking volumes about his unspoken past. Weaver has the more obviously showy performance but she plays it to perfection. In what could have been an obvious Oscar bait performance full of showboating, is instead played with subtlety and intelligence which is probably why it made no noise come awards season.
Angela Pell's script crackles with great lines and moving dialogue. Ultimately, it's the sort of film that creeps up on you and you don't realise how much it has affected you till you find yourself still thinking about it days later.