The Sweet Hereafter

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Time Out says

Adapted from the Russell Banks novel, this is Egoyan's warmest and, despite the sophisticated time structure of the fragmented narrative, his most conventional film to date. Holm is the big-city lawyer - with family problems of his own - who starts investigations into a tragic school bus accident that has robbed a remote rural community of all but one of its children, in the hope of persuading the parents to sue for compensation; inevitably, they react in different ways to his solicitude. Beautifully performed, edited and shot (the crash itself is extraordinarily effective), the film is certainly sensitive in its treatment of grief, guilt and anger, and strong on atmosphere. Whether it finally offers any fresh insights into how a community is changed by such a tragedy is less certain.
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Release details

UK release:

1997

Duration:

110 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Cinematography:

Paul Sarossy

Cast:

Bruce Greenwood, Tom McCamus, Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Alberta Watson, Arsinée Khanjian

Producer:

Camelia Frieberg, Atom Egoyan

Screenwriter:

Atom Egoyan

Production Designer:

Phillip Barker

Editor:

Susan Shipton

Music:

Mychael Danna

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