THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997)
- Run Time: 111 min.
- Rating: AA
- Director: Atom Egoyan
- Writer(s): Russell Banks and Atom Egoyan
- Producer(s): Atom Egoyan, Camelia Hamori & David Webb
- Star(s): Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood
A lawyer (Holm), pursued by the demons of losing a daughter to drugs, comes to a Canadian town where 20 children have died in a school bus accident. He wants the parents to sue, to make those at fault pay. Told partly in flashbacks, dramatizing the days leading up to the accident, this insightful story also follows the lawyer from family to family as he coaxes them to join the lawsuit. One teen (Polley) survives, but is paralysed. Her important testimony is motivated by a troubled relationship with her father. A complex and haunting tale of loss and forgiveness that is sure to touch viewers and make them think.
Winner of eight Genie Awards and two Oscar nominations.
“A rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town.” - Brendan Kelly, Variety
About the Director
Director/writer and producer Egoyan’s award-winning films include Exotica, Felicia’s Journey, Ararat, Where the Truth Lies and Adoration. In 1998, Egoyan became the first-ever Canadian director to earn two Oscar nominations, for The Sweet Hereafter. His latest film, Devil’s Knot, is set for release in 2013.