SWEET HEREAFTER, THE
Adapting Russell Banks' heart-wrenching novel, auteur Atom Egoyan transports the story to a mountain community in British Columbia. When a bus accident leaves 14 children dead, a big-city lawyer (Ian Holm, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) convinces the victims' families to embark on a class-action suit against their town. An unsparing look at tragedy, loss and grief, the film also features director/writer Sarah Polley (STORIES WE TELL, TAKE THIS WALTZ) as a teenage survivor of the crash. The first Canadian film to win the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, it received Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Adapted Screenplay. DIR/SCR/PROD Atom Egoyan, from the novel by Russell Banks; PROD Camelia Frieberg. Canada, 1997, color, 112 min. RATED R
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