The Sweet Hereafter
In a small town in British Columbia, a school bus skids into a lake, killing fourteen children. Their grieving parents are approached by a lawyer, Mitchell Stephens, who is haunted by his dysfunctional relationship with his drug-addicted daughter. Stephens persuades the reluctant parents to file a class action lawsuit against the bus company for damages, arguing that the accident is a result of negligence. The case depends on the few surviving witnesses to say the right things in court; particularly Nicole Burnell, a 15-year-old now paralyzed from the waist down. Before the accident, Nicole was an aspiring songwriter and was being sexually abused by her father, Sam.
One bereaved parent, Billy Ansel, distrusts Stephens and pressures Sam to drop the case; Nicole overhears their argument. In the pretrial deposition, Nicole unexpectedly accuses the bus driver Dolores Driscoll of speeding, halting the lawsuit. Stephens and Nicole's father know she is lying but can do nothing.
Cast & Crew
|Actors||Ian Holm||Director||Atom Egoyan|
|Sarah Polley||Writer||Atom Egoyan|
|Caerthan Banks||Producers||Atom Egoyan|
|Gabrielle Rose||Camelia Frieberg|
|Bruce Greenwood||Distribution||Entertainment One|
|Rating||14A||Running time||112 minutes|