James R. Elkins

"The Sweet Hereafter"


 Film Reviews

From Agony to Myth Roger Ebert NoRipCord: Film Review

Strickly Film School digitallyobsessed.com Culture Vulture

Washington Post Anthony Leong Images James Berardinelli

Spliced Wire aflixionado The Film Sufi New York Times

Strictly Film School Spirituality & Practice

 Crucial Scene: "There is no such thing as an accident"


"The Sweet Hereafter" is based on a Russell Banks novel of the same title. [Wikipedia] [Literature Annotations]

Zoe, Mitchell Stephen's daughter, was played by Caerthan Banks, the daughter of Russell Banks, the author of the book (of the same title), from which the film was adapted.

Best Films of 1997: "The Sweet Hereafter" is rated by Gene Siskel, the film critic, as one of the 10 best films of 1997. [Film Picks — Siskel & Ebert]

On Forgiveness: Leonard V. Kaplan, Of Transgression and Forgiveness
[University of Wisconsin Law School]

 Film Basics

Screenplay by Atom Egoyan

Final Revised Draft of the Screenplay

Preview Movie Trailer

 Film Bibliography

Margaret J. Fried & Lawrence A. Frolik, The Limits of Law: Litigation, Lawyers and the Search for Justice in Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter, 7 Cardozo Stud. L. & Lit. 1 (1995)

Paul A. LeBel, "Giving Voice to Anger: The Role of the Lawyer in The Sweet Hereafter," in Rennard Strickland, Teree E. Foster & Taunya Lovell Banks (eds.), Screening Justice—The Cinema of Law: Significant Films of Law, Order and Social Justice 657-677 (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Company, 2006)

Tony McAdams, Blame and The Sweet Hereafter, 24 Legal Stud. F. 599 (1999) [on-line text]

James R. Olchowy, Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter, Legal Storytelling and the Need for Alternatives to Litigation: Bypassing Court and "Bringing this Town Back Together," 14 Windsor Rev. Leg. & Soc. Issues 115 (2002)

Timothy P. O'Neill, There Will Be Blame: Misfortune and Injustice in "The Sweet Hereafter," 5 U. Den. Sports & Entertainment L. J. 19 (2008) [on-line text]

Zahr K. Said, Incorporating Literary Methods and Texts in the Teaching of Tort Law, 3 Calif. L. Rev. Circuit 170 (2012) [on-line text]

Austin Sarat, Imagining the Law of the Father: Loss, Dread, and Mourning in The Sweet Hereafter, 34 Law & Soc'y Rev. 3 (2000) [on-line text]

_________, Exploring the Hidden Domains of Civil Justice: Naming, Blaming, and Claiming in Popular Culture, 50 DePaul L. Rev. 425, 429 (2000)

Mary Ann Beavis, The Sweet Hereafter: Law, Wisdom and Family Revisited, 5 J. Religion & Film (2001) [on-line text]

David Hutchinson, "Atom Egoyan: The Sweet Hereafter," in Coral Ann Howells (ed.), Where are the Voices Coming From?: Canadian Culture and the Legacies of History 137-148 (New York: Rodopi, 2004)

Rob Bullard, "Trauma and the Technological Accident in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter, in Christine Cornea & Rhys Owain Thmas (eds.), Dramatising Disaster: Character, Event, Representation 23-38 (England: Cambridge Scholars Publ., 2013)