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The Sweet Hereafter

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Atom Egoyan

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Plot Summary

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. As a lawyer visits the victims' parents in hopes of launching a class action suit, the community is paralyzed by anger. All but one young girl, wheelchair-bound after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 54
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In a season of expertly adapted contemporary fiction (like "L.A. Confidential" and "The Ice Storm"), this fusion of Banks's and Egoyan's sensibilities stands as a particularly inspired mix. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: solemn, subtly structured, beautifully acted and ultimately hypnotic – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Audience is almost bound to be absorbed for the duration. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's most ambitious work to date, The Sweet Hereafter is a rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town. – Brendan Kelly, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A modern classic

This is one of those movies that you'll immediately start watching again as soon as the credits start to roll. Atom Egoyan's adaptation of this novel is stunning, beautiful, powerful and unforgettable. It's one of those movies that stays with you for a long time.

Great Interpersonal Drama

The story telling here is intriguing and believable, very personal. Acting is excellent, and every element leads to a surprising but satisfying conclusion. Lots of snow, too!

The Sweet Hereafter
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1997

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