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The Sweet Hereafter

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Released 1997

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Director:
Atom Egoyan
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Bus accident kills 20 kids in a small canadian town. A lawyer, haunted by the loss of his own daughter to drugs, moves to the town and convinces the families to sue.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Egoyan understands how potent a deliberate pace can be, how effective it is in making already powerful material strong enough to tear at your heart.

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The filmmaker creates schematic, intuitive images that hauntingly crystallize the characters' situations.

  • 80

    Variety

    Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's most ambitious work to date, The Sweet Hereafter is a rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town.

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    Drama

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    Independent, Legal