The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems. (IMDb)

The non-linear narrative works as it moves between post- and pre-incident, leading you with baited breath to the breathtakingly traumatic moment, but as the convoluted scenes pile up (why is she making out with her dad?) it becomes just another irritation. The characters are never explained (all we get are long empty stares and confusing dialogue) so the emotions never sink in, and outside of that is just a bland plot (and pointless sub-story) about a lawyer trying to rally plaintiffs.

5.7/10

#1 on my Top 10 Most Overrated Films list

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3 thoughts on “The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

  1. I remember the hoopla surrounding this movie as finally giving Canadian movies some credibility but your word “convoluted” pretty much sums it up. At the time I felt like I was stupid not to “get” the profundity that critics were giving it but I’m glad there is one critic who sees it similarly.

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