Rent The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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1h 47min
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Synopsis:
Arriving in a small town after a tragic accident, a lawyer visits each member of the community to offer hope and promise financial compensation. But as he delves deeper into their grief he discovers layer upon layer of mystery and tragedy and soon finds himself face to face with his own inner demons...
Actors:
, , Caerthan Banks, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Magdalena Sokoloski, James D. Watts
Directors:
Producers:
Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg
Writers:
Russell Banks, Atom Egoyan
Others:
Atom Egoyan
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Canada
Awards:

1997 Cannes Grand Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
26/03/2001
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/09/2013
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Open House (27min early Egoyan short film)

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Reviews (1) of The Sweet Hereafter

Sensitive, intelligent but sombre drama - The Sweet Hereafter review by Mr Aquarium

Spoiler Alert
29/09/2021

A lawyer visits a small, icy, Canadian town. There's been a school bus accident; children have died. He wants - though with perhaps misgivings - to create a lawsuit from this incident, having been first approached by one set of parents. He approaches other bereaved parents, and the surviving bus driver and teenage school pupil, who all have different reactions and stories to tell.

The film moves back and forth between the times before and after the accident. [You have to be alert to these shifts.] The lawyer has, himself, an ongoing tragedy to cope with; his young adult daughter is an angry drug addict. He seems to be losing her, just more slowly than the bereaved parent lost their children.

Should there been a court case to pursue damages? If so, who is to blame? Is no one, just terrible circumstance, to blame? Is it better to accept bereavement stoically or to seek an outlet? I've avoided plot details, and avoided commenting on the ending. There's a great deal more to this film, and the acting is superb. However, it's a thoughtful film; don't expect overplayed Hollywood dramatics. This film will stay with you, but you have to be in the mood for it....

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