The Sweet Hereafter

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(out of 5)


Atom Egoyan’s critical hit drama is a sometimes precious but effective and haunting film.   is the bloodsucking lawyer who visits Alberta in order to rally up its residents and get himself a job as their legal representation, should they want to sue the company that manufactured a bus that killed many children in an accident. Visiting all the residents of the city, he finally comes to one of the tragedy’s few survivors (), who unwittingly has the fate of her town thrown into her deciding hands. Egoyan’s crafty camera and sharply written script (based on the novel by Russell Banks, see also Affliction) guide a terrific ensemble of actors ( and  being stand-outs), so that even Polley’s monotoned performance is not a detraction.


Canada, 1997

Directed by 

Screenplay by Atom Egoyan, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by Atom Egoyan,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1997, TIFF 1997


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Directing (Atom Egoyan)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Atom Egoyan)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Ian Holm)
Best Director (Atom Egoyan)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Picture
Best Director (Atom Egoyan)
Best Cinematography (Paul Sarossy)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Ian Holm)
Best Supporting Actress (Sarah Polley)
Best Director (Atom Egoyan)
Best Screenplay (Atom Egoyan)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Acting by an Ensemble (Ian Holm, Caerthan Banks, Sarah Polley, Tom McCamus, Gabrielle Rose, Alberta Watson, Maury Chaykin, Stephanie Morgenstern)
Top Ten Films

Cannes Film Festival Award
Grand Prize of the Jury

Independent Spirit Award
Best Foreign Film

Canadian Screen Awards (Genie Awards)
Best Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Ian Holm)
Best Achievement in Direction (Atom Egoyan)
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Overall Sound
Best Sound Editing
Best Music Score

Nominations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Bruce Greenwood)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Sarah Polley)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Gabrielle Rose)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom McCamus)
Best Screenplay
Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Original Song (“The Sweet Hereafter”)

Toronto Film Critics Awards
Best Picture
Best Performance, Male (Ian Holm)
Best Director (Atom Egoyan)
Best Canadian Film

Nomination
Best Performance, Female (Sarah Polley)

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Sarah Polley)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (Atom Egoyan)
Best Cinematography


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