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no_DT
filmmaker_NN
deconstructs_NNS
a_DT
story_NN
as_IN
well_RB
as_CS
atom_NN
egoyan_NP
._.
i'm_???
referring_VBG
,_,
specifically_RB
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
narrative_NN
form_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
,_,
egoyan_NP
tells_VBZ
his_PP$
story_NN
in_IN
a_DT
similar_JJ
framework_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
exotica_NP
or_CC
the_DT
adjuster_NN
._.
said_VBD
story_NN
,_,
of_IN
a_DT
fatal_JJ
school_NN
bus_NN
accident_NN
in_IN
the_DT
small_JJ
town_NN
of_IN
sam_NP
dent_NN
,_,
british_JJ
columbia_NP
,_,
that_CS
shatters_NNS
the_DT
morale_NN
of_IN
the_DT
locals_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
told_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
most_DT
unstraightforward_NN
manner_NN
._.
when_CS
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
,_,
the_DT
accident_NN
has_HVZ
already_RB
happened_VBN
,_,
and_CC
stephens_NP
(_(
the_DT
wonderful_JJ
holm_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
polite_JJ
ambulance-chaser_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
arrived_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
promise_NN
of_IN
a_DT
lawsuit_NN
that_CS
will_MD
eek_???
out_RP
the_DT
truth_NN
of_IN
what_WDT
really_RB
occurred_VBD
that_DT
fateful_JJ
morning_NN
._.
throughout_IN
,_,
we_PP
get_VB
to_TO
meet_VB
the_DT
parents_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
dead_JJ
,_,
broken_JJ
souls_NNS
who_WP
follow_VB
stephens_NP
like_IN
"_"
the_DT
pied_JJ
piper_NN
"_"
(_(
passages_NNS
of_IN
which_WDT
are_BER
read_VBN
during_IN
the_DT
film_NN
)_)
._.
but_CC
there_EX
is_BEZ
one_CD
living_NN
passenger_NN
,_,
the_DT
paralyzed_JJ
nicole_NN
(_(
polley_NP
)_)
,_,
whose_WP$
dark_JJ
secrets_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
life_NN
before_IN
the_DT
accident_NN
may_MD
affect_VB
her_PP$
decision_NN
to_IN
testify_VB
._.
we_PP
finally_RB
do_DO
see_VB
the_DT
accident_NN
,_,
about_IN
three_CD
quarters_NNS
into_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
a_DT
stunning_JJ
visual_JJ
effect_NN
._.
a_DT
horrific_JJ
long_JJ
take_VB
that_DT
shows_NNS
the_DT
bus_NN
sliding_VBG
,_,
then_RB
stopping_VBG
,_,
then_RB
collapsing_JJ
into_IN
a_DT
frozen_JJ
lake_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
digital_JJ
trickery_NN
in_IN
any_DT
movie_NN
this_DT
year_NN
and_CC
,_,
perhaps_RB
,_,
ever_RB
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
motion_NN
picture_NN
._.
the_DT
fractured_JJ
narrative_NN
also_RB
intercuts_NNS
a_NN
preoccupied_JJ
stephens_NP
on_IN
an_DT
airplane_NN
,_,
traveling_VBG
to_IN
meet_VB
his_PP$
hiv-positive_JJ
runaway_JJ
daughter_NN
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
glimpses_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
artificially_RB
happy_JJ
lives_NNS
these_DT
people_NN
led_VBD
pre-accident_NN
._.
i_PP
have_HV
a_DT
problem_NN
not_XNOT
with_IN
the_DT
story_NN
or_CC
story_NN
structure_NN
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
egoyan_NP
's_POS
heavy-_???
handedness_CS
behind_IN
the_DT
camera_NN
._.
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
hour_NN
or_CC
so_RB
,_,
i_PP
can_MD
quite_RB
honestly_RB
say_VB
i_PP
was_BEDZ
on_IN
the_DT
verge_NN
of_IN
tears_NNS
;_;
these_DT
are_BER
miserable_JJ
,_,
miserable_JJ
people_NN
._.
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
just_RB
the_DT
problem_NN
:_:
so_RB
anguished_JJ
are_BER
these_DT
folk_NN
that_CS
sympathy_NN
wanes_NNS
after_IN
a_DT
while_NN
,_,
when_CS
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
sadness_NN
becomes_VBZ
too_RB
much_DT
._.
also_RB
,_,
a_DT
subplot_NN
involving_VBG
incest_NN
rings_NNS
untrue_VB
._.
perhaps_RB
it_PP
wouldn't_MD
feel_VB
so_RB
contrived_JJ
if_CS
it_PP
weren't_BED
shot_VBN
in_IN
such_DT
a_DT
tasteful_JJ
manner_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
two_CD
characters_NNS
who_WP
are_BER
father_NN
and_CC
daughter_NN
;_;
when_CS
they_PP
first_OD
appeared_VBD
i_PP
thought_VBD
they_PP
were_BED
lovers_NNS
._.
i_PP
was_BEDZ
half-right_VBN
._.
nevertheless_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
worth-seeing_VBG
._.
the_DT
delightful_JJ
critic_NN
geoff_NP
pevere_RB
recently_RB
wrote_VBD
that_DT
"_"
american_JJ
films_NNS
are_BER
about_IN
action_NN
,_,
canadian_JJ
films_NNS
are_BER
about_IN
consequences_NNS
,_,
"_"
hence_RB
a_DT
recent_JJ
wave_NN
of_IN
films_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
effects_NNS
of_IN
shock_NN
and_CC
death_NN
from_IN
toronto_NP
directors_NNS
,_,
including_IN
crash_NN
and_CC
kissed_VBD
._.
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
is_BEZ
much_DT
better_JJR
than_CS
either_DT
of_IN
these_DT
two_CD
films_NNS
,_,
simply_RB
because_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
boring_JJ
or_CC
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
case_NN
of_IN
kissed_VBD
,_,
afraid_JJ
of_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
material_NN
(_(
necrophilia_NP
)_)
._.
egoyan_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
fine_JJ
,_,
fine_JJ
,_,
postmodern_JJ
storyteller_NN
,_,
whose_WP$
work_NN
is_BEZ
entertaining_JJ
,_,
edgy_???
and_CC
smart_JJ
,_,
if_CS
a_DT
bit_NN
too_RB
intellectual_JJ
at_IN
times_NNS
._.
though_CS
i_PP
harped_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
weightiness_NN
of_IN
the_DT
material_NN
,_,
i_PP
was_BEDZ
always_RB
absorbed_VBN
,_,
engrossed_JJ
,_,
and_CC
surprised_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
._.