Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Sweet Hereafter

Atom Egoyan, 1997 (9.0*)
Cannes Palm d’Or
Best Foreign Film (BAA)

This is an amazing indie film from Canadian Atom Egoyan, not quite like any other. It’s a quiet, almost uneventful film about a small town trying to survive their grief after a school bus accident.

Ian Holm, in his best performance, is a lawyer who comes to town to try to get some financial compensation for the victim’s families. Holm is generally shunned as an outsider with whom the town doesn't want to share it's pain. Sarah Polley plays a teen who may have been an eyewitness to the event’s cause.

It’s amazing that a small, quiet film about loss and grief can even get made; then to have that be a minor masterpiece is even more amazing. This film has a depth and a quietness rarely seen in cinema. Oscar nominations for director and screenplay, a British AA for foreign film, Grand Prize at Cannes (Palm d'Or)

Winner of 30 awards out of 52 nominations


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