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towards_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
,_,
"_"
a_DT
crowded_JJ
school_NN
bus_NN
skids_NNS
on_IN
an_DT
icy_JJ
road_NN
surface_NN
as_IN
it_PP
rounds_NNS
a_DT
bend_NN
,_,
careens_NNS
through_IN
the_DT
steel_NN
guard_NN
rail_NN
,_,
and_CC
disappears_VBZ
out_RP
of_IN
sight_NN
._.
then_RB
,_,
in_IN
long_JJ
shot_NN
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
the_DT
vehicle_NN
slowly_RB
sliding_JJ
across_IN
what_WDT
looks_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
snow-covered_JJ
field_NN
._.
it_PP
pauses_VBZ
for_IN
a_DT
moment_NN
before_IN
the_DT
"_"
field_NN
"_"
cracks_NNS
under_IN
the_DT
bus_NN
'_"
weight_NN
and_CC
the_DT
bright_JJ
yellow_JJ
vehicle_NN
vanishes_VBZ
in_IN
an_DT
effortless_JJ
moment_NN
,_,
a_DT
single_JJ
smooth_JJ
second_NN
of_IN
time_NN
._.
compare_VB
that_DT
scene_NN
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
will_MD
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
last_OD
eighty_CD
minutes_NNS
of_IN
"_"
titanic_NP
,_,
"_"
when_CS
the_DT
behemoth_JJ
sinks_NNS
slowly_RB
and_CC
spectacularly_RB
to_IN
its_PP$
watery_JJ
demise_NN
,_,
and_CC
you'll_???
appreciate_VB
the_DT
futility_NN
of_IN
comparing_VBG
greatness_NN
in_IN
films_NNS
._.
the_DT
scene_NN
in_IN
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
epitomizes_NNS
all_PDT
that_DT
's_BEZ
right_JJ
with_IN
independent_JJ
canadian_JJ
director_NN
atom_NN
egoyan_NP
's_POS
film_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
sensational_JJ
._.
we_PP
don't_DO
see_VB
the_DT
inside_NN
of_IN
the_DT
bus_NN
with_IN
its_PP$
payload_NN
of_IN
screaming_VBG
,_,
terrified_JJ
children_NNS
being_BEG
bloodied_VBN
and_CC
battered_VBN
about_IN
._.
the_DT
bus_NN
doesn't_DOZ
explode_VB
or_CC
break_VB
into_IN
a_DT
thousand_NN
tiny_JJ
pieces_NNS
._.
it_PP
simply_RB
leaves_NNS
the_DT
road_NN
and_CC
silently_RB
slips_VBZ
beneath_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
of_IN
a_DT
frozen_JJ
lake_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
horrifying_JJ
sequence_NN
made_VBN
all_PDT
the_DT
more_RBR
so_RB
by_IN
calm_NN
and_CC
distance_NN
._.
using_VBG
a_DT
non-linear_JJ
approach_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
narrative_NN
,_,
egoyan_NP
shifts_NNS
back_NN
and_CC
forward_RB
in_IN
time_NN
,_,
connecting_JJ
us_NP
with_IN
the_DT
inhabitants_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
small_JJ
british_JJ
columbian_JJ
town_NN
who_WP
have_HV
been_BEN
severely_RB
affected_VBN
by_IN
this_DT
tragedy_NN
._.
fourteen_CD
children_NNS
died_VBD
in_IN
the_DT
accident_NN
,_,
leaving_VBG
their_PP$
parents_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
town_NN
itself_PPX
paralyzed_VBN
with_IN
grief_NN
._.
the_DT
catalyst_NN
at_IN
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
ambulance_NN
chaser_NN
mitchell_NP
stephens_NP
(_(
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
moving_VBG
performance_NN
by_IN
ian_NP
holm_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
sam_NP
dent_NN
to_IN
persuade_VB
the_DT
townsfolk_NNS
to_IN
engage_VB
in_IN
a_DT
class_NN
action_NN
suit_NN
._.
stephens_NP
,_,
who_WP
"_"
doesn't_DOZ
believe_VB
in_IN
accidents_NNS
,_,
"_"
functions_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
concerned_JJ
,_,
involved_JJ
observer_NN
,_,
scribbling_VBG
details_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
notebook_NN
and_CC
providing_VBG
the_DT
parents_NNS
with_IN
an_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
reach_NN
some_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
closure_NN
in_IN
the_DT
harrowing_NN
aftermath_NN
._.
while_CS
stephens_NP
'_"
initial_JJ
drive_NN
may_MD
be_BE
financial_JJ
(_(
one_CD
third_NP
of_IN
the_DT
total_JJ
settlement_NN
if_CS
he_PP
wins_VBZ
)_)
,_,
his_PP$
involvement_NN
provides_VBZ
him_PP
more_DT
with_IN
an_DT
outlet_NN
to_IN
come_VB
to_IN
grips_NNS
with_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
loss_NN
._.
his_PP$
self-destructive_JJ
,_,
drug-addicted_VBN
daughter_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
in_IN
and_CC
out_RP
of_IN
clinics_NN
,_,
halfway_RB
houses_NNS
and_CC
detox_NP
units_NNS
for_IN
years_NNS
._.
egoyan_NP
's_POS
attention_NN
to_IN
detail_NN
and_CC
ability_NN
to_IN
establish_VB
mood_NN
are_BER
so_RB
impeccable_JJ
that_CS
even_RB
the_DT
sound_NN
of_IN
a_DT
kettle_NN
boiling_VBG
resonates_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
plaintive_JJ
cry_NN
._.
mychael_NP
danna_NP
,_,
who_WP
composed_VBD
the_DT
shimmering_JJ
music_NN
for_IN
"_"
the_DT
ice_NN
storm_NN
,_,
"_"
contributes_VBZ
another_DT
memorable_JJ
score_NN
that_CS
shivers_VBZ
and_CC
tingles_NNS
._.
equally_RB
impressive_JJ
is_BEZ
paul_NP
sarossy_NN
's_POS
cinematography_NN
,_,
capturing_VBG
the_DT
imposing_JJ
canadian_JJ
mountainsides_NNS
and_CC
low-hanging_VBG
fogs_NNS
as_IN
splendidly_RB
as_CS
his_PP$
shadowy_JJ
interiors--in_???
one_CD
scene_NN
a_DT
bright_JJ
wall_NN
calendar_NN
serves_VBZ
to_IN
illuminate_VB
portions_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
room_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
,_,
"_"
while_CS
undeniably_RB
grim_JJ
,_,
urges_VBZ
the_DT
viewer_NN
to_IN
grab_NN
onto_IN
life_NN
with_IN
both_PDT
hands_NNS
and_CC
not_XNOT
let_VB
go_VB
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
of_IN
generous_JJ
subtlety_NN
and_CC
emotion_NN
._.