• The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

The Sweet Hereafter

Release Date: November 21st, 1997

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 1998

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

Production Co: Téléfilm Canada

Keywords: Sacrifice, 1990s, Father, Small town, Emotional, Daughter, Quest, Touching

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the best films of the year, an unflinching lament for the human condition. show more

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    This is truly a great film -- easily one of 1997's best. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago 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]

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