The Sweet Hereafter Reviews
Also, rather than using this tragedy to exploit our emotions, Egoyan touches on important issues such as the decay of the community. Even in small smallest of places in which there once was a communal self sufficiency, Egoyan shows that the promise of material gain corrupts the quietest of souls. A young Sarah Polley even states in the film that, "we're citizens of a different town now", one that is living in the sweet hereafter.
My main problem with the film seems to be the casting of Ian Holm. His character is very complex. Shrewd, but deeply broken. While I enjoy Holm as an actor, I don't feel as though he embodied all of these elements which would have made this film really land.
None the les, It is a devastating but really beautiful film about personal tragedy and it would behoove you to spend some time with it.
Go, refresh "The Pied Piper" poem that you may have adored in your childhood.
Nevertheless, this is a difficult movie - growing up in a small town, I recognize a lot of these (types of) people - and is still rather good, and Ian Holm and Sarah Polley shine in it. The latter, in fact, appears to show just how much she's learned from Egoyan about film-making in her directorial debut (Away From Her). I fear the pupil has surpassed the teacher.
Watch it if you can.
The character who strikes me the most is played by Sarah Polley who is the soul survivor of the accident. She looks discouraged and unhappy.(confined in a wheelchair and an
unhealthy relationship with her father) Polley's character testifies to what really happened during that terrible time, but is it enough to personally heal her? You will know what I mean when you watch this empathetic picture.