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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

R | | Drama | 21 November 1997 (USA)
A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems.

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Risa
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Wendell
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Allison
Kirsten Kieferle ...
Stewardess
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Wanda
Earl Pastko ...
Hartley
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Bear
David Hemblen ...
Abbott
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Sarah Rosen Fruitman ...
Jessica
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A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. Written by Matthew Tichenor <mticheno@direct.ca>

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There is no such thing as the simple truth. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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El dulce porvenir  »

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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,149 (USA) (10 October 1997)

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$4,306,697 (USA) (3 April 1998)
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Russell Banks: the author of the novel the movie is based on makes a cameo as the doctor ("The mind is kind") in the hospital scene with Sarah Polley. See more »

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When Stephens visits the Ottos, and Mr. Otto offers him some tea, we hear a teakettle whistling but the one we see on the cooker is not the whistling type. See more »

Quotes

Mitchell Stephens: [speaking of his estranged daughter's feeling for him and her mother when she was a child] She loved us both equally then... Just as she hates us both equally now.
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Referenced in American Dad!: Live and Let Fry (2009) See more »

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One More Colour
Words and Music by Jane Siberry
Courtesy of Wing in Music/Red Sky Music
Arranged by Mychael Danna
Vocal by Sarah Polley
Performed by The Sam Dent Band
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Deeply moving and subtle
27 June 1999 | by (Toronto,Ontario) – See all my reviews

This was one of the saddest films I have ever seen. I do not mean that in bad way though. I have seen sad films that made me depressed and I usually disliked them because of this. The Sweet Hereafter is different though. It is a sad film without being manipulative and fake. The film brilliantly shows how people need to have revenge. After a bus accident where all but two are killed the people of the town, after a lawyer pushes them on, become obsessed with suing those responsible. Egoyan looks at how people can not accept that things happen by accident. The people of the town feel that someone has to pay for the pain they are feeling and in the end they are the ones to pay for it. The acting is excellent, especially Ian Holm. Once you become accustomed to the time shifts this is an incredibly rewarding film that you will always remember.


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