The Sweet Hereafter details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Alleg, Caerthan Banks, Simon Baker, Russell Banks, Allegra Denton, Devon Finn, Sar, Ian Holm, Maury Chaykin, Peter Donaldson, Bruce Greenwood, David Hemblen, Brooke Johnson, Arsinee Khanjian, Tom McCamus, Stephanie Morgenstern, Earl Pastko|
|Genre:||Drama - Period, Television|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
The Sweet Hereafter
|Run time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Mar 2001|
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ExcellentBy Noel Clay from Colchester, England , 24 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I'd heard some good things about 'The Sweet Hereafter', but to be honest from the title and synopsis I wasn't expecting much. I was just expecting it to be some shameless, manipulative Hollywood melodrama that relied on it's sensitive subject matter to attract critical acclaim. But as it turns out, it is in fact an interesting, original and surprisingly honest film.
The film tells several stories, with the common thread of 'The Pied Piper of Hamlin' as an analogy for parents who have lost their children in one way or another. At the end of the film, you're left to decide just who the 'Pied Piper' really was. It is superbly directed and well-acted throughout. You may find it a little confusing the first time round, as the story isn't told in any kind of chronological order, but rather in an emotional order.
This is a movie I'd recommend mostly to arthouse fans, but most other film-lovers as well. Odds are it'll stay with you.
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Really StrangeBy buffyrules (335 reviews) from southend on sea , 12 Dec 2012From start to finish this film was extremely weird and strange. The music, acting, plot development and characters all very weird! Hats off to the director for making a film like this very different to what you would expect. However much of this was simply uncomfortable and really rather harrowing. Not a nice experience at all.
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Wonderful acting let down by awful score and confused messagesBy edcc (2 reviews) , 20 Oct 2012Ian Holm is brilliant in this and there's some nice cinematography too, but overall it's very disappointing.
Slow-paced but also far too airy and wishy-washy, so that by end of the movie I just felt a bit cheated.
I watched it because of 'My Life Without Me' but it doesn't bear comparison.
Holm on the RangeBy Oldbloke (308 reviews) from Sidmouth , 26 Apr 2012In a small remote Canadian town, the school bus careers of the road and into a frozen lake killing most of the children on board. Enter Ian Holm as a big time litigator, looking to interview the traumatised parents and survivors with a view to constructing a major lawsuit, against whom he doesn't yet know. As he goes about his work, tensions and accusations threaten to tear the community apart. Meanwhile, we learn of the lawyer's own tormented past, struggling alone to deal with his daughters chronic drug addiction. This disc was damaged, so I missed plenty, but I can tell you that it was subtle, intelligent and quite moving and Ian Holm was magnificent in a very rare lead performance, which was criminally neglected come awards time.
Quite beautiful and moving.By gingerspike (410 reviews) from Grimsby , 28 Jan 2012A powerful character-based study of loss. The film is relatively complex yet very compelling in its look at the effect of grief on a small community when a bus load of schoolchildren is tragically killed in an accident.
A MasterpieceBy a customer , 08 Dec 2011Sadly, the DVD supplied was 4:3 with a letterboxed widescreen image.
The good news is that this is a beautiful and moving movie. Wonderfully shot and acted (Ian Holm is superb).
If you want banal action, Hollywood dross or a plot that a four-year-old can understand, then look elsewhere!