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The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, starring Ian Holm, Sarah Polley and Bruce Greenwood and adapted from the novel of the same name by Russell Banks. The film tells the story of a school bus accident in a small town that results in the deaths of numerous children. A class-action lawsuit ensues, proving divisive in the community and becoming tied in with personal and family issues. The story is inspired by actual events in Alton, Texas in 1989.
Although The Sweet Hereafter was not a box office success, it was critically acclaimed and won three awards, including the Grand Prix, at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. It also received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Toronto International Film Festival critics named The Sweet Hereafter one of the ten best Canadian films of all time.
In a small town in British Columbia, a school bus hits a patch of ice, runs through a barrier and crashes into a lake, killing 14 children. The grieving parents are approached by an out-of-town lawyer, Mitchell Stephens, who is haunted by his dysfunctional relationship with his drug-addict daughter. Stephens persuades the reluctant parents and bus driver Dolores Driscoll to file a class action lawsuit against the town and bus company for damages, arguing that the accident is a result of negligence in constructing the barrier or the bus.
The case depends on the few surviving witnesses to say the right things in court, particularly Nicole Burnell, a 15-year-old now paralyzed from the waist down. Before the accident, Nicole was an aspiring songwriter and was being sexually abused by her father, Sam.
One bereaved parent, Billy Ansel, distrusts Stephens and pressures Sam to drop the case; Nicole overhears their argument. In the pretrial deposition, Nicole unexpectedly accuses the bus driver Dolores of speeding, halting the lawsuit given Dolores’ lack of deep pockets. Stephens and Nicole’s father know she is lying but can do nothing. Two years later, Stephens sees Driscoll working as a bus driver in a city.
Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Produced by: Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg
Screenplay by: Atom Egoyan
Based on The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
Starring: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood
Music by: Mychael Danna
Cinematography: Paul Sarossy
Edited by: Susan Shipton
Production company: Ego Film Arts
Distributed by: Alliance Communications (Canada), Fine Line Features (United States)
Release dates: 14 May 1997 (Cannes), 10 October 1997 (Canada)