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in_IN
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
,_,
"_"
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
atom_NN
egoyan_NP
takes_VBZ
us_PP
beyond_IN
the_DT
tragedy_NN
of_IN
death_NN
into_IN
the_DT
tragedy_NN
of_IN
living_NN
._.
he_PP
shows_VBZ
us_PP
how_WRB
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
dying_JJ
that_CS
hurts_VBZ
,_,
but_CC
rather_RB
the_DT
pain_NN
of_IN
living_NN
in_IN
the_DT
hereafter_NN
of_IN
death_NN
,_,
and_CC
dealing_VBG
with_IN
the_DT
loss_NN
and_CC
grief_NN
that_CS
it_PP
brings_VBZ
._.
on_IN
a_DT
cold_JJ
winter_NN
day_NN
in_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
,_,
isolated_JJ
town_NN
in_IN
british_JJ
columbia_NP
,_,
a_DT
school_NN
bus_NN
full_JJ
of_IN
children_NNS
slides_NNS
off_IN
the_DT
highway_NN
and_CC
onto_IN
a_DT
frozen_JJ
lake_NN
,_,
where_CS
it_PP
cracks_NNS
through_IN
the_DT
ice_NN
and_CC
sinks_NNS
._.
fourteen_CD
children_NNS
die_VB
,_,
and_CC
numerous_JJ
others_NNS
are_BER
hurt_VBN
._.
for_IN
the_DT
residents_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
small_JJ
town_NN
,_,
all_PDT
of_IN
whose_WP$
children_NNS
were_BED
on_IN
that_DT
bus_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
earth-shattering_JJ
event_NN
that_CS
resolutely_RB
alters_VBZ
their_PP$
lives_NNS
._.
they_PP
have_HV
always_RB
relied_VBN
on_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
past_NN
to_IN
deal_NN
with_IN
heartache_NN
and_CC
pain_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
seems_VBZ
that_CS
this_DT
tragedy_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
than_CS
they_PP
can_MD
handle_VB
._.
alberta_NP
and_CC
risa_???
walker_NN
,_,
who_WP
own_DT
a_DT
local_JJ
motel_NN
and_CC
lost_VBD
their_PP$
child_NN
in_IN
the_DT
accident_NN
,_,
hire_NN
an_DT
attorney_NN
named_VBN
mitchell_NP
stephens_NP
(_(
ian_NP
holm_NP
)_)
to_IN
bring_VB
a_NP
lawsuit_NN
against_IN
someone_PN
,_,
anyone_PN
for_IN
responsibility_NN
._.
the_DT
bus_NN
driver_NN
,_,
dolores_NNS
driscoll_NN
(_(
gabrielle_NP
rose_NN
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
kindly_JJ
woman_NN
who_WP
loved_VBD
the_DT
children_NNS
and_CC
,_,
although_CS
she_PP
lives_VBZ
with_IN
a_DT
burden_NN
of_IN
guilt_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
held_VBN
responsible_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
accident_NN
._.
the_DT
bus_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
simply_RB
slipped_VBN
on_IN
some_DT
ice_NN
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
was_BEDZ
nothing_PN
should_MD
could_MD
do_DO
to_IN
prevent_VB
it_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
according_VBG
to_IN
stephens_NP
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
no_DT
"_"
accidents_NNS
"_"
in_IN
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
someone_PN
will_MD
pay_VB
for_IN
this_DT
tragedy_NN
,_,
whether_CS
that_DT
be_BE
the_DT
manufacturer_NN
of_IN
the_DT
bus_NN
or_CC
the_DT
guardrail_NN
the_DT
bus_NN
broke_VBD
through_IN
._.
he_PP
goes_VBZ
through_IN
the_DT
town_NN
,_,
approaching_VBG
the_DT
parents_NNS
who_WP
have_HV
lost_VBN
children_NNS
,_,
asking_VBG
them_PP
to_IN
join_NN
the_DT
class_NN
action_NN
suit_NN
and_CC
find_VB
vent_NN
for_IN
their_PP$
anger_NN
._.
and_CC
,_,
for_IN
his_PP$
work_NN
,_,
stephens_NP
will_MD
receive_VB
one-third_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
settlement_NN
money_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
immediately_RB
apparent_JJ
that_CS
stephens_NP
has_HVZ
little_JJ
or_CC
no_DT
interest_NN
in_IN
the_DT
money_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
driven_VBN
by_IN
something_PN
else_RB
,_,
something_PN
deeper_RBR
that_DT
he_PP
shares_NNS
in_IN
common_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
grieving_JJ
parents_NNS
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
lost_VBN
a_DT
child_NN
,_,
too_RB
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
manner_NN
._.
his_PP$
daughter_NN
,_,
zoe_NP
(_(
caerthan_NP
banks_NNS
)_)
,_,
who_WP
once_RB
almost_RB
died_VBD
in_IN
his_PP$
arms_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
young_JJ
child_NN
after_IN
a_DT
spider_NN
bite_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
been_BEN
in_IN
and_CC
out_RP
of_IN
drug_NN
re-hab_???
clinics_NN
and_CC
detox_NP
stations_NNS
for_IN
ten_CD
years_NNS
._.
she_PP
calls_VBZ
him_PP
on_IN
an_DT
irregular_JJ
basis_NN
,_,
begging_VBG
him_PP
for_IN
money_NN
,_,
but_CC
refusing_VBG
to_IN
tell_VB
him_PP
what_WDT
she_PP
needs_VBZ
it_PP
for_IN
._.
"_"
i_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
who_NP
i'm_???
taking_NN
to_IN
,_,
"_"
he_PP
tells_VBZ
her_PP$
._.
in_CD
his_PP$
mind_NN
,_,
his_PP$
daughter_NN
is_BEZ
dead_JJ
._.
the_DT
lawsuit_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
to_IN
stephens_NP
,_,
not_XNOT
only_RB
a_DT
way_NN
to_IN
mend_NN
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
pain_NN
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
his_PP$
own_DT
._.
however_RB
,_,
not_XNOT
everyone_PN
in_IN
town_NN
wants_VBZ
it_PP
to_TO
happen_VB
._.
billy_NP
ansell_NP
(_(
bruce_NP
greenwood_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
was_BEDZ
driving_VBG
behind_IN
the_DT
bus_NN
when_CS
the_DT
accident_NN
happened_VBD
and_CC
lost_VBD
two_CD
children_NNS
,_,
wants_VBZ
nothing_PN
to_IN
do_DO
with_IN
it_PP
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
already_RB
lost_VBN
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
buries_NNS
his_PP$
grief_NN
in_IN
an_DT
affair_NN
with_IN
a_DT
married_JJ
woman_NN
._.
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
want_VB
to_TO
talk_VB
about_IN
the_DT
accident_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
sees_VBZ
the_DT
lawsuit_NN
as_IN
nothing_PN
more_DT
than_CS
the_DT
unnecessary_JJ
opening_NN
of_IN
old_JJ
wounds_NNS
._.
to_IN
him_PP
,_,
the_DT
town_NN
should_MD
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
take_VB
care_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
pain_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
need_VB
outsiders_NNS
like_IN
stephens_NP
getting_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
central_JJ
to_IN
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
tale_NN
of_IN
nicole_NN
burnell_NP
(_(
sarah_NP
polley_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
teenage_JJ
girl_NN
who_WP
dreams_NNS
of_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
singer_NN
before_IN
the_DT
accident_NN
turned_VBD
her_PP$
into_IN
"_"
a_DT
wheelchair_NN
girl_NN
,_,
"_"
as_CS
she_PP
puts_VBZ
it_PP
._.
aside_RB
from_IN
stephens_NP
,_,
nicole_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
complex_JJ
character_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
she_PP
who_NP
ultimately_RB
decides_VBZ
the_DT
fate_NN
of_IN
the_DT
town_NN
and_CC
how_WRB
the_DT
lawsuit_NN
will_MD
turn_VB
out_RP
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
her_PP$
sad_JJ
,_,
haunted_JJ
voice_NN
that_CS
we_PP
often_RB
hear_VB
on_IN
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
,_,
reading_VBG
robert_NP
browning_NP
's_POS
poem_NN
about_IN
the_DT
pied_JJ
piper_NN
,_,
and_CC
how_WRB
when_CS
he_PP
led_VBD
all_PDT
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
children_NNS
away_RB
,_,
one_CD
was_BEDZ
left_VBN
behind_IN
because_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
crippled_JJ
._.
obviously_RB
,_,
nicole_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
child_NN
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
feels_VBZ
somehow_RB
betrayed_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
children_NNS
left_VBD
her_PP$
alone_JJ
by_IN
dying_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
wreck_NN
._.
her_PP
situation_NN
is_BEZ
further_JJR
complicated_JJ
because_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
involved_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
loving_JJ
,_,
but_CC
incestuous_JJ
relationship_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
father_NN
(_(
tom_NP
mccamus_NN
)_)
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
only_RB
one_CD
,_,
fleeting_JJ
scene_NN
that_CS
suggests_VBZ
this_DT
relationship_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
somehow_RB
tied_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
act_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
of_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
storylines_NNS
in_IN
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
,_,
"_"
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
complicated_JJ
and_CC
unresolved_JJ
,_,
although_CS
its_PP$
implications_NNS
stretch_VB
throughout_IN
the_DT
entirety_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
egoyan_NP
knows_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
kinds_NNS
of_IN
questions_NNS
he_PP
brings_VBZ
up_RP
have_HV
no_DT
simple_JJ
answers_NNS
--_???
if_CS
any_DT
at_IN
all_PDT
--_???
and_CC
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
condescend_VB
to_TO
the_DT
audience_NN
by_IN
trying_VBG
to_IN
neatly_RB
wrap_NN
it_NN
up_RP
._.
what_WDT
egoyan_NP
has_HVZ
done_DON
in_IN
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
really_RB
nothing_PN
short_JJ
of_IN
miraculous_JJ
._.
in_IN
his_PP$
adaptation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
by_IN
russell_NP
banks_NNS
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
made_VBN
a_DT
deeply_RB
moving_VBG
film_NN
about_IN
a_DT
lawyer_NN
by_IN
transcending_VBG
the_DT
pettiness_NN
of_IN
law_NN
and_CC
driving_VBG
headlong_JJ
into_IN
the_DT
deeper_JJR
meaning_NN
of_IN
what_WDT
is_BEZ
loss_NN
,_,
and_CC
how_WRB
pitiful_JJ
monetary_JJ
and_CC
material_NN
possessions_NNS
are_BER
when_CS
compared_VBD
to_IN
human_JJ
life_NN
._.
egoyan_NP
has_HVZ
always_RB
been_BEN
a_DT
talented_JJ
,_,
but_CC
distant_JJ
and_CC
cerebral_JJ
filmmaker_NN
whose_WP$
work_NN
suffered_VBD
only_RB
in_IN
that_DT
it_PP
felt_VBD
so_RB
cold_JJ
._.
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
quite_RB
the_DT
opposite_JJ
;_;
egoyan_NP
's_POS
stylistic_JJ
and_CC
narrative_NN
structures_NNS
work_NN
brilliantly_RB
to_IN
heighten_VB
the_DT
impact_NN
of_IN
the_DT
natural_JJ
emotion_NN
,_,
and_CC
draw_VB
the_DT
audience_NN
into_IN
the_DT
tragedy_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
seems_VBZ
to_IN
contain_VB
the_DT
combined_JJ
emotional_JJ
impact_NN
that_CS
all_PDT
his_PP$
other_JJ
films_NNS
lacked_VBD
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
filled_VBN
with_IN
beautiful_JJ
,_,
subtle_JJ
performances_NNS
from_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
actors_NNS
,_,
especially_RB
ian_NP
holm_NP
as_IN
the_DT
lawyer_NN
and_CC
sarah_NP
polley_NP
as_IN
the_DT
sad_JJ
child_NN
who_WP
was_BEDZ
left_VBN
behind_IN
._.
the_DT
beautiful_JJ
,_,
roving_JJ
camerawork_NN
by_IN
paul_NP
sarossy_NN
and_CC
the_DT
haunting_NN
,_,
melodic_JJ
musical_JJ
score_NN
by_IN
mychael_NP
danna_NP
(_(
both_PDT
previous_JJ
egoyan_JJ
collaborators_NNS
)_)
give_VB
the_DT
film_NN
a_DT
visual_JJ
and_CC
aural_JJ
cohesiveness_NN
with_IN
the_DT
thematic_JJ
elements_NNS
._.
like_IN
his_PP$
earlier_JJR
films_NNS
,_,
egoyan_NP
weaves_VBZ
together_RB
multiple_JJ
storylines_NNS
that_CS
form_NN
a_DT
blanketing_VBG
whole_JJ
._.
he_PP
works_VBZ
with_IN
time_NN
as_IN
a_DT
fluid_NN
substance_NN
,_,
shifting_VBG
back_RP
and_CC
forth_RB
between_IN
the_DT
past_NN
,_,
the_DT
distant_JJ
past_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
present_JJ
with_IN
effortless_JJ
ease_NN
._.
the_DT
actual_JJ
bus_NN
wreck_NN
itself_PPX
doesn't_DOZ
happen_VB
until_CS
midway_NN
through_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
by_IN
that_DT
time_NN
the_DT
event_NN
has_HVZ
built_VBN
up_RP
so_RB
much_RB
emotion_NN
that_CS
egoyan_NP
can_MD
film_NN
it_NN
from_IN
a_DT
distance_NN
with_IN
no_DT
graphic_JJ
detail_NN
,_,
and_CC
still_RB
have_HV
it_PP
carry_VB
great_JJ
,_,
devastating_JJ
weight_NN
._.
because_CS
human_JJ
life_NN
has_HVZ
become_VBN
such_DT
a_DT
cheap_JJ
commodity_NN
in_IN
movies_NNS
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
astounding_VBG
that_DT
egoyan_JJ
can_MD
convey_VB
so_RB
much_DT
heartbreak_NN
in_IN
such_DT
simple_JJ
,_,
direct_JJ
terms_NNS
._.
certainly_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
films_NNS
of_IN
1997_CD
,_,
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
deeply_RB
rewarding_JJ
,_,
mystifying_VBG
,_,
and_CC
ultimately_RB
human_JJ
film_NN
._.
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