The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter

Streaming Video - 1997
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Following a tragic school bus accident, opportunistic lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution on behalf of the grieving community, Stephens sets to work on a class action lawsuit. But beneath the town's placid surface, he discovers a tangled skein of deceit and forbidden desire that mirrors his own troubled life. Everyone, it seems, has secrets to keep. Through a skillful weave of past and present, Atom Egoyan explores the human spirit and its capacity for grief, loss and redemption.
Publisher: [United States] : Entertainment One, 1997.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 120 min.)) :,sd., col.
digital, rda
video file, rda

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BurtonP
Aug 02, 2016

This movie felt disjointed. The cover picture seems misleading. The lawyer is emotionally disturbed and uses his clients to deal with his own anxieties. He could've been a lot more responsive and loving toward his drug addict daughter. One scene we couldn't figure out here at our place is an earlier scene in the life of the blonde girl who was paralysed in the bus accident. That scene was of her in the barn kissing WHO? was that her dad- or who? and was she getting even by not supporting the suit? To much back and forth between time periods. I didn't finish it, just too drab and boring.

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jerfairall
Nov 26, 2014

I had to re-check the Banks novel to confirm my suspicion that the PIED PIPER stuff was Egoyan's doing, and indeed it was. It makes for an uncomfortable bit of moralizing on the director's part--so, the bus accident happened to punish the citizens of the town for their various transgressions? There's no diluting the power of the material, though, and for every miscalculation (Caerthan Banks' unconvincing performance is unfairly hamstrung by her horribly stilted dialogue), Egoyan manages a number of indelible images: I haven't forgotten the early scene of Sarah Polley strumming her cover of Jane Siberry's brilliant "One More Colour" onstage at a near-empty fairgrounds or a haunting shot of a pocketknife held beside a toddler's head in the seventeen years (!!) since I first saw the film, and they've lost nothing of their power.

avisualfeel Aug 14, 2014

Great story. Fantastic use of time in cinematic style. Great editing choices as well.

Egoyan's masterpiece was originally released in 1997.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 25, 2013

This 1997 film by Canadian director Atom Egoyan is slow, meditative, but always engaging. With no sex, no violence, it makes a genuine effort to depict human sentiment in a small community stricken by grief. Highly rewarding for people with patience and a desire to explore human nature.

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jvanderg
Sep 24, 2012

I cannot believe I actually watched the whole movie, granted I didnt entirely waste my time as I started reading a novel and would look up every once in a while. There was just nothing that made it worth watching. No real drama, no action, no romance, no nothing.

dollfacecrafter Jan 31, 2012

awesome movie!! one of my all time favorites, so sad and haunting.......Sara Polley......can't say enough

Michael Colford Jun 27, 2011

One of the best film adaptations of a novel ever made, and brilliant film in its own right. Director Atom Egoyan applies his trademark themes and directorial skill on an already beautifully written novel and the end result is magical. It's also an early look at the amazing Sarah Polley giving a powerfully accomplished performance.

dragonsnakes Mar 17, 2011

Good movie but sad and tragic.

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