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The Sweet Hereafter

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Canada

1997

Rated R • 1h52

Atom Egoyan

Director

Ian Holm, Caerthan Banks, Sarah Polley, Tom McCamus

Stars

Drama

Genre

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A small Canadian mountain community is devastated after an accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his efforts only seem to make things worse. Meanwhile, a teenaged survivor of the accident must reckon with a different kind of damage.

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80

Film.com by John Hartl

It's the survivors of this tragedy that must make peace with their fate, and the film finally rests with them.
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The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

It's all presented in a detached style that's ultimately much more moving and truthful than any heartstring-slashing weeper. This may be Egoyan's best work yet, and it's surely one of the best films of the year.
80

Washington Post by Stephen Hunter

The chronological looseness is part of the pleasure of the piece, which magically reassembles in the last reel into something strong, lucid and compellingly powerful.

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