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R| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer (Ian Holm) arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his efforts only seem to push the townspeople further apart. At the same time, one teenage survivor of the accident (Sarah Polley) has to reckon with the loss of innocence brought about by a different kind of damage.

Cast: Ian Holm , Sarah Polley , Bruce Greenwood , Tom McCamus , Arsinée Khanjian , Alberta Watson , Gabrielle Rose , Maury Chaykin

Director: Atom Egoyan

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Fine Line Features, New Line Home Video [us]

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Release Date: October 4th, 1997|1 hr. 50 min.

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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Egoyan's voice is so clear and loving, his vision so forgiving and his film so intelligent that you come away refreshed. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A little movie almost perfectly realized. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Masterpiece is the right word for The Sweet Hereafter. It is extraordinary: a poem of familial pain, a song of broken embraces. [25 December 1997, Tempo, p.1] show more

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