Miami Beach Cinematheque. August 14th, 2008.The Sweet Hereafter (Canada / 1997), featuring Ian Holm, Caerthan Banks, Sarah Polley and Tom McCamus, will be screened at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on August 14th, 2008.
On a winter's day, in the small rural community of Sam Dent, British Columbia, a school bus inexplicably crashes into a frozen lake, taking the lives of fourteen children and injuring many others. Shortly thereafter, Mitchell Stephens (Ian Holm), a big city lawyer, comes to the community with promises to compensate its citizens for their loss.
With a view to mounting a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the accident victims, Stephens interviews the survivors of the crash and the families who are mourning the deaths of their children. Through a series of emotionally charged meetings, we are presented with a prismatic view of the accident and its impact on the town. At the same time, through the interviews and a series of flashbacks, we discover disturbing secrets, which reveal that, in some ways, the community was already on the road to losing its children.
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