In celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday and National Canadian Film Day, and in partnership with Reel Canada and TIFF Circuit, we are offering a FREE screening of The Sweet Hereafter as part of our Cineseries Spring season.
Canada, 1997. Director: Atom Egoyan, 112 minutes, 14A, English
The Sweet Hereafter was a huge success for Atom Egoyan, winning three awards at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, as well as winning seven Genie Awards including Best Picture. The Sweet Hereafter was also one of the few Canadian films to receive major Oscar nominations, with the film being nominated for both Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing.
“Rarely in the history of Canadian cinema has there been a better match between an original filmmaking voice and powerful literary material than The Sweet Hereafter. Atom Egoyan's brilliant adaptation of Russell Banks’ novel…finally gave a name and a face to the existential angst that had defined many of the characters in Egoyan’s previous work. Anyone and everyone could relate to the sense of helplessness and anomie that hangs like a cloud over a small town in mourning – for who cannot relate to the loss of a child? With memorable performances by the main characters, The Sweet Hereafter remains the most emotionally resonant and fully accomplished film in the Egoyan canon." – Paul Gratton
Cast: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood, Gabrielle Rose