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The Sweet Hereafter

The book The Sweet Hereafter was made into the movie Sweet Hereafter.

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Book details for The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter was written by Russell Banks. The book was published in 1991 by Harper Perennial. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

Russell Banks also wrote Affliction (1989).

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Movie details for Sweet Hereafter

The movie was released in 1997 and directed by Atom Egoyan. Sweet Hereafter was produced by New Line Home Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com.

Actors on this movie include Ian Holm, Caerthan Banks, Sarah Polley, Tom McCamus, Gabrielle Rose, Alberta Watson, Maury Chaykin, Stephanie Morgenstern, Kirsten Kieferle, Arsinée Khanjian, Earl Pastko, Simon Baker (III), David Hemblen, Bruce Greenwood, Sarah Rosen Fruitman, Marc Donato, Devon Finn, Fides Krucker, Magdalena Sokoloski and James D. Watts.

 

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In synopsis The Sweet Hereafter may sound like a devastatingly unpleasant downer, but don't be discouraged. The real subjects of this luminous picture (adapted by director Atom Egoyan from Russell Banks's novel) are hope and renewal--avoiding the cheap em... Read More
In synopsis The Sweet Hereafter may sound like a devastatingly unpleasant downer, but don't be discouraged. The real subjects of this luminous picture (adapted by director Atom Egoyan from Russell Banks's novel) are hope and renewal--avoiding the cheap emotions suggested by those clichéd terms. Like other Egoyan films (Exotica, for one), it's an intriguing sort of mystery, a puzzle in which the big picture is not revealed until the very last piece is in place. A metropolitan attorney (Ian Holm) travels to a small British Columbian town where 14 children have been killed in a school bus accident to prepare a class-action suit. With sensitivity and empathy, he approaches relatives with promises that the suit will give focus and closure to their grief. And as he investigates the circumstances of the accident, he not only uncovers a few local secrets, but dredges up some painful pieces of his own past. Slowly, deeper mysteries are revealed--eternal mysteries at the very heart of human nature: Who is to blame for a tragedy like this? And why do people feel such a need to assign blame? Is that how they give meaning to otherwise inconceivable events? How does one reassemble a shattered life? The Sweet Hereafter is too honest to offer bromides, but it shows how a few people struggle, as best they can, to answer these questions for themselves. DVD extras include audio commentary by Egoyan and Banks, a Charlie Rose interview with Egoyan, and a panel discussion with the filmmakers. --Jim Emerson