The Sweet Hereafter | 1997

Drama, Adaptation
Bus accident kills 20 kids in a small canadian town. A lawyer, haunted by the loss of his own daughter to drugs, moves to the town and convinces the families to sue.
Director: Atom Egoyan
Awards: 2 Oscar nominations. Another 9 wins | full awards »

Cast

... Mitchell Stephens

Actor

... Wendell Walker

Actor

... Dolores Driscoll

Actor

... Schwartz

Actor

... Billy Ansell

Actor

... Abbott

Actor

... Mary

Actor

... Wanda Otto

Actor

... Sam Burnell

Actor

... Allison

Actor

... Hartley

Actor

... Nicole Burnell

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Source Material (from novel)

Company

Alliance Atlantis Pictures

Production Company

By David's

Production Company

CBC Studio 44

Production Company

Cine-Byte Imaging Inc

Production Company

Production Company

Production Company

Synopsis

Set in a small northern village, a story which focuses on how one community plunges into tragedy when its school bus crashes into a lake, claiming the lives of more than a dozen of the town's children. Soon after, Mitchell Stephens, a big city lawyer, comes to the devastated village with the intention of mounting a class-action suit on behalf of the vitims. Holding out hope of compensation for their loss and promising that he can assign blame for this incomprehensible event, Stephen interviews the few survivors and the many bereaved families. What follows is a series of emotional encounters that provide a prismatic view of the community, before and after this tragic accident.

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