In Snow Falling on Cedars, director Scott Hicks (”Shine”) reduces David Guterson’s visceral, meditative novel to a courtroom homily about Japanese-American relations in Puget Sound circa 1950, flinging in dizzy intercuts that bring to mind an out-of-focus music video. As a lovelorn reporter, Hamlet du jour Hawke tries once again to corner the market on melancholy, but with the camera trained obsessively on his forehead for most of the movie, a solid performance is simply not to be.
'SNOW' DAY Hawke plays Guterson's lovesick writer
Genre: Romance, Drama, Historical; Starring: Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh, Sam Shepard; Director: Scott Hicks; MPAA Rating: PG-13
Posted May 30 2000 — 12:00 AM EDT
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