The Sweet Hereafter


(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.

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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

Academy Awards 1997

Cannes Film Festival 1997

Toronto International Film Festival 1997


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