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Plot, Details & Awards

The Sweet Hereafter

Rated R for sexuality and some language.

R In Theaters 11/21/1997 , 110min.
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Plot & Details

Atom Egoyan's haunting adaptation of the Russell Banks novel The Sweet Hereafter was the Canadian filmmaker's most successful film to date, taking home a Special Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and scoring a pair of Academy Award nominations, including Best Director. Restructured to fit Egoyan's signature mosaic narrative style, the story concerns the cultural aftershocks which tear apart a small British Columbia town in the wake of a school-bus accident which leaves a number of local children dead. Ian Holm stars as Mitchell Stephens, a big-city lawyer who arrives in the interest of uniting the survivors to initiate a lawsuit; his maneuvering only drives the community further apart, reopening old wounds and jeopardizing any hopes of emotional recovery. Like so many of Egoyan's features, The Sweet Hereafter is a serious and painfully honest exploration of family grief; no character is immune from the sense of utter devastation which grips the film, not even the attorney, whose interests are in part motivated by his own remorse over the fate of his daughter, an HIV-positive drug addict.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Atom Egoyan Nominated
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Atom Egoyan Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Award Won
1997 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Won

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Genie Awards Best Actor Ian Holm Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Cinematography Paul Sarossy Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Actress Gabrielle Rose Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Original Song Mychael Danna Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Costume Design Beth Pasternak Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Editing Susan Shipton Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Tom McCamus Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Tony van den Akker Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Original Song Sarah Polley Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Ross Redfern Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Andy Malcolm Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Keith Elliott Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Director Atom Egoyan Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Sue Conley Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Screenplay Atom Egoyan Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Actor Bruce Greenwood Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design Kathleen Climie Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Original Score Mychael Danna Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design Philip Barker Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Actress Sarah Polley Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design Patricia Cuccia Nominated
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Goro Koyama Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Steve Munro Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Peter Kelly Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Picture Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing David Dranie Taylor Won
1997 Genie Awards Best Sound Daniel Pellerin Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Atom Egoyan Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
1997 National Board of Review Best Ensemble Acting Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture (Runner-up) Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actress - Runner-up Sarah Polley Won
1997 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1997 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Director Atom Egoyan Won
1997 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Canadian Film Won
1997 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Ian Holm Won

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