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THE SWEET HEREAFTER

(1997)
111 mins | Family & Family Relationships | Literature | Strong Female Leads |
Provincial Ratings
Newfoundland14A
Nova Scotia14
P.E.I.14
New Brunswick14
QuebecG
OntarioAA
Manitoba14A
Saskatchewan14A
AlbertaNR
British Columbia14A
Northwest TerritoriesNR
NunavutNR
Yukon14A

Director: Atom Egoyan

Writer(s): Atom Egoyan

Star(s): Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood

Synopsis:

A lawyer (Holm), pursued by concerns of losing a daughter to drugs, comes to a Canadian town where 20 children have died in a school bus accident. He wants the parents to sue to make those at fault pay. Told partly in flashbacks, dramatizing the days leading up to the accident, this insightful story also follows the lawyer from family to family as he coaxes them to join the lawsuit. Only one teen (Polley) has survived, but she is paralysed. Her important testimony is motivated by a troubled relationship with her father. Winner of eight Genie Awards and two Oscar nominations.

“Cuts to the bone and stays there long after its end credits have finished rolling.”
— Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com

  • Mature 11-12
  • Staff Pick

About the Director

Atom Egoyan

An Officer of the Order of Canada, Egoyan received the Governor General’s award in 2015 for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. He was the first-ever Canadian director to earn two Oscar nominations for The Sweet Hereafter. His award-winning films include Exotica, Ararat, The Captive and Remember, which won three Canadian Screen Awards. Next, he will direct a segment of the feature Rotterdam, I Love You.

THE SWEET HEREAFTER

Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

Screening Language Options:
  • English Language with French Subtitles
  • English Language with French Dubbing

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