Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter," taking its cues from the
Pied Piper of Hamlin, it tells the tale of a small community devastated
by the loss of most of its children in a single school bus accident and
the big town lawyer with his own traumas, played wonderfully by Ian Holm,
who tries to redirect mourning into anger. Egoyan has been a Festival favorite
since showing his "The Adjuster" in the Director's Fortnight and
then winning the International Critic's Prize for "Exotica" in
1994. Character development is handled deftly and the camera and lightning
use add greatly to the sense of isolation of the community. The constant
back-and-forth of the plot action is challenging but engaging, and the dramatic
sense of loss that only the death of children can bring tears the heart.
Back to 1997 Cannes Film Festival Reviews
Back to 1997 New York Film Festival Reviews
Back to 1997 Toronto Film Festival Reviews
Back to The Sweet Hereafter
Back to the Press Room
Copyright 1994-2008 Film Scouts LLC
Created, produced, and published by Film Scouts LLC
Film Scouts® is a registered trademark of Film Scouts LLC
All rights reserved.
Suggestions? Comments? Fill out our Feedback Form.