The Sweet Hereafter (1997)



Critic Consensus: Director Atom Egoyan examines tragedy and its aftermath with intelligence and empathy.

Movie Info

Mystical, elliptical and confoundingly beautiful film about a town that loses its children and maybe its soul.

Rating: R (For sexuality and some language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Atom Egoyan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 1998
Fine Line Features


as Mitchell Stephens

as Nicole Burnell

as Billy Ansell

as Sam Burnell

as Wanda Otto

as Risa Walker

as Dolores Driscoll

as Wendell Walker

as Mary Burnell

as Hartley Otto

as Abbott Driscoll

as Zoe Stephens

as Stewardess

as Mason

as Wanda Otto

as Young Mitchell

as Dr. Robeson
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Critic Reviews for The Sweet Hereafter

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17)

A delicate and touching story.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's most ambitious work to date, The Sweet Hereafter is a rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Top Critic

Though this is Egoyan's first adaptation, The Sweet Hereafter could serve as a model for how to do it right.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

solemn, subtly structured, beautifully acted and ultimately hypnotic

January 1, 2000
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

As in Egoyan's Exotica and The Adjuster, past and present are intricately fused by the crisp editing, the mournful shadings of Mychael Danna's score and Paul Sarossy's austere wide-screen cinematography

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A beautiful elegy about family and community, death and healing...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sweet Hereafter


A smart moral and sociological exploration, much more subtle than I've come to expect from Atom Egoyan, but I suppose I wanted's pretty bland visually. It doesn't read low-budget by any means, but it sure as hell looks like it.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

Quiet and solemn this work by Atom Egoyan is so beautiful and moving that I found myself gasping as the roots of a small town are ripped asunder by an unfortunate accident. Must see.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Sweet Hereafter is exquisite. Innocent, mysterious, prescient, nervy, calm - I love the whole concept of examining a town in the aftershocks of a tragedy; it's like exposing the bone and sinew of a body and running your fingers through the skeleton that remains.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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