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The Sweet Hereafter

  • Drama
  • 1997
  • Atom Egoyan
  • 107 mins
  • 15

Summary

A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Atom Egoyan won the Grand Jury prize at Cannes and was also Oscar nominated for his direction and adaptation of Russell Banks's novel about the impact of a schoolbus crash (which kills 14 children) on a small Canadian community. Although the Pied Piper analogy is overemphasised, this is still an intricate and involving drama, in which the town's guilty secrets are slowly revealed as ambulance-chasing lawyer Ian Holm tries to persuade the bereaved to sue for damages. With Sarah Polley outstanding as a survivor paralysed by the accident, this is an intense, atmospheric and deeply moving experience.

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Credits

Cast

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Mitchell StephensIan Holm
Nicole BurnellSarah Polley
Billy AnsellBruce Greenwood
Sam BurnellTom McCamus
Dolores DriscollGabrielle Rose
Wanda OttoArsinée Khanjian
Risa WalkerAlberta Watson
Wendell WalkerMaury Chaykin
Mary BurnellBrooke Johnson
Abbott DriscollDavid Hemblen
SchwartzPeter Donaldson

Crew

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DirectorAtom Egoyan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Electric Pictures 2 Ltd.
Released on
1997-09-26
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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