Society of the Snow

143 mins
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Director J.A. Bayona (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) retells the true survival story of the rugby... More

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Society of the Snow | Ratings & Reviews

Surprisingly optimistic

A story about plane crash survivors turning to cannibalism might not sound like an idyllic way to start the new year, but J.A. Bayona’s film is surprisingly optimistic. Despite the grim subject matter the director builds a ruminative space that looks upwards... Read full article

Luke Buckmaster

"This is a fervent film, heartfelt and shot with passion and sweep."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Bayona’s direction allows for a deeper comprehension of a tragedy that exists beyond our grasp."


"Elevated by bracingly muscular action sequences."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"A robust and riveting retelling of this extraordinary and unfathomable experience."

South China Morning PostSouth China Morning Post

"Wrenching, deeply harrowing, but crucially dispenses with sappy takeaways about the triumph of the human spirit."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"The plane accident is frighteningly visceral... The long haul proves trickier from a dramatic standpoint."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"The power of the film resides in its moral even-handedness and technical virtuosity."

The TimesThe Times

"A retelling that finds in the material more than just a simple tale of the perseverance of the human spirit."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Even if we know how this ends, the inevitable catharsis is satisfying."


"The film starts to become truly fascinating in the third act, when the survivors re-acclimate into society."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"Realist cinema on a formidable level of execution."

Financial TimesFinancial Times

"Bayona's approach allows... philosophical and moral questions space to breathe."

"Not since Martin Scorsese's Silence has a film so effectively asked us to consider whether faith is benevolence or a blight."


"Bayona presents this... story without any voyeurism, indeed with sensitivity and compassion."

Daily MailDaily Mail

"Bayona’s film is mournful and respectful of the dead... but also knows to give us the joy and catharsis of a prolonged rescue sequence."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"Greatly benefits from a sharp score and a script rooted in firsthand knowledge of the disaster."


"There is something more moving about seeing this performed by (Spanish-speaking actors) and more authentic to the characters."


"A sensitively directed survival drama."

Indian ExpressIndian Express

Society of the Snow | Details

R13, Content may disturb
Adventure, Drama, True Story & Biography
Country of origin
Spain, Uruguay
Netflix Original

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