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The Sweet Hereafter

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Original title
The Sweet Hereafter
Running time
110 min.
Canada Canada
Atom Egoyan (Novel: Russell Banks)
Mychael Danna
Paul Sarossy
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Alliance Communications Corporation
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1997: Academy Awards: 2 Nominations: Best Director and Best Original 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
1997: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations including Best Film
1997: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: 3 Nom, including Best Film
1997: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated to Best Foreign Film
1997: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 7 Nom., incl. Best Picture & Director
Critics' reviews
  • "A very special masterpiece with arguably the greatest actor working in film today."
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