A film that only could have been made in Canada, Atom Egoyan's haunting 1997 work The Sweet Hereafter established the filmmaker as a world-class talent. Filmed against a bleak and snowy B.C. landscape, the film stars Ian Holm as a troubled lawyer who visits a small Canadian town in the wake of a tragic school bus accident that has torn the community apart. He soon discovers that his planned class action suit hinges on the testimony of the sole, wheelchair-bound survivor, Nicole (Sarah Polley), who harbours her own deep secret. After the success of his breakout film, Exotica, Egoyan turned down an opportunity to work in Hollywood to remain in Canada and adapt Russell Banks' novel, which he acquired the rights to after a U.S. studio deemed it "not commercial enough." A fascinating journey of sorrow, guilt, and truth, Egoyan's elegant and heartbreaking drama met with popular and critical acclaim around the globe, garnering seven Genies, two Academy Award nominations, and the Grand Prize ...
17 February 2008 (Canada)
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