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The Sweet Hereafter

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Original title
The Sweet Hereafter
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110 min.
Country
Canada Canada
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Genre
Drama | Courtroom Drama / Lawyers
Synopsis
A lawyer, 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 determine who was at fault, and to focus their anger on making those at fault pay. Told partly in flashbacks to the days leading up to the accident, we also follow the attorney from family to family, coaxing them to join the suit. One young teen survives, crippled. She has become the lame child left behind in "The Pied Piper of Hamlin," which she reads aloud to a child the night before the accident. Her testimony is pivotal, and her relationship with her own father leads to what she says.
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Awards
1997: Academy Awards: 2 Nominations: Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay
1997: Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize, Ecumenical Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Award
1997: Toronto Film Festival: Best Canadian Movie (ex aequo)
1997: Valladolid Film Festival - Seminci: Golden Spike: Best Movie
1997: National Board of Review (NBR): Best cast
1997: Genie Awards: Best Canadian Feature
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The Sweet Hereafter
1997
Atom Egoyan
7.2
(4,871)
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