Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings
The Sweet Hereafter
1997 - Atom Egoyan - 110 mins - Canada
Thu 11 Nov 1999 at 8.30pm
Lakelands Hotel, Scariff, Co. Clare
Midnight Court Rating: 3.0 (2 votes)
Storyline: A rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town. It is the story of a bus crash that kills 14 children. The film’s power comes from the director’s skilful ability to keep the anger and sorrow simmering just below the surface of the tale.
The central character, Mitchell Stephens (Ian Holm), a big-city lawyer who arrives to mount a class-action suit targeting the city authorities, the bus manufacturer and anyone else who can be made to pay for the accident. Stephens has also lost a child - in his case, to drugs. The one man staunchly opposed to Stephens’s efforts is Billy Ansell (Bruce Greenwood), a world-weary widower who lost his two kids in the disaster.
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