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This film is compelling in its storytelling, peeling back layer after
layer of human emotion, until all that is left is that which is primal.
Beautifully nuanced, if somewhat ponderously slow at times, this film is
not for the action oriented viewer. It is a film for the more patient
and discerning viewer, the one who will allow the story to unfold in its
own good time. It is this viewer who will derive the most enjoyment
from this cinematic gem.
The story is really several stories that are
threaded into one tapestry of events. The main thread involves a school
bus accident that resulted in the death of fourteen children in a small
British Columbia town in Canada. A big, city slicker lawyer, Mitchell
Stevens (Ian Holm), waltzes into town on the heels of the tragedy to see
if a class action suit, arising out of the bus accident, lies against
someone, anyone for huge monetary damages.
As Stevens interviews
those prospective clients, his own troubles are revealed to the viewer
and center around his drug addicted daughter, who deftly manipulates
him. Scenes with his daughter, which suggest just how out of control his
daughter's life is, correlate nicely to the way the lives of the
townspeople have spun out of control since the bus accident that took so
many young lives. Stevens is as bereft as the townspeople who have lost
their children. The lawyer's feeling of guilt over his daughter's
seemingly hopeless condition, miirror the hopelessness felt by the
townspeople in light of the overwhelming tragedy that has befallen them.
town has its secrets, however. One of them involves an attractive, and
talented teenager, Nichole (Sarah Polley). When the viewer first sees
her, with her is a long haired, seemingly supportive and tender man. For
some inexplicable reason the viewer may take him for her boyfriend,
even though all they are doing is eating ice cream, only to discover
that he is actually her father. As does the lawyer, Nichole must contend
with a very personal and secret tragedy in her young life.
brief scene that makes clear the true nature of Nichole's relationship
with her father is shown in a way that belies its inherent corruption.
It seamlessly transitions its way into the film, and the viewer really
has to think twice about that which the viewer has just seen, as the
setting seems almost romantic, a setting that belies the profound
putrescence of the reality of the scene.
The threads of the
film's story are woven in such a way that time and scene shifts are
somewhat abrupt and may seem a little disjointed to the viewer, which
has the net effect of keeping the viewer a little off balance. The tenor
of the film, however, is set to perfection by Nichole's monotone voice
over reading of Robert Browning's lyrical poem, "The Pied Piper of
Hamlin". Her reading gives the viewer a feeling of alienation and
despair. It also leaves the viewer wondering whether the pied piper is
an allusion to her father or the lawyer. Watch the film, and you be the
Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, and this cast of mostly unknowns,
give wonderful performances worthy of note, compelling and moving. The
film, as does an onion, has many layers to be peeled back. It is a film
to be savored and viewed again and again. "The Sweet Hereafter" is
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