The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama directed by Atom Egoyan. Based on the novel by Russell Banks, the movie is a compelling exploration of grief, guilt, and the quest for justice. Set in a small town in British Columbia, the story unfolds following a tragic school bus accident that claims the lives of numerous local children. Ian Holm stars as Mitchell Stephens, a troubled big-city lawyer who descends upon the town, determined to represent the grieving families in a potentially massive lawsuit. As he investigates the circumstances of the accident, he uncovers and exposes the complex web of relationships, secrets, and lies that bind this tight-knit community. The Sweet Hereafter received high praise, earning two Academy Award nominations. Other actors in the ensemble cast include Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood, Maury Chaykin, Gabrielle Rose, Tom McCamus, Arsinee Khanjian, and Alberta Watson.
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