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the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
could_MD
serve_VB
as_IN
a_DT
textbook_NN
example_NN
of_IN
the_DT
difference_NN
between_IN
television_NN
movies_NNS
and_CC
"_"
real_JJ
"_"
movies_NNS
._.
consider_VB
for_IN
a_DT
moment_NN
what_WDT
a_DT
television_NN
producer_NN
would_MD
do_DO
with_IN
a_DT
book_NN
that_CS
features_NNS
a_DT
fatal_JJ
school_NN
bus_NN
accident_NN
and_CC
a_DT
lawyer_NN
out_RP
to_IN
sign_NN
up_RP
the_DT
bereaved_JJ
--_???
lots_NP
of_IN
hot_JJ
sensationalism_NN
interrupted_VBD
with_IN
breaks_NNS
to_IN
sell_NN
beer_NN
and_CC
toothpaste_NN
._.
top-flight_NN
writer_NN
and_CC
director_NN
atom_NN
egoyan_NP
delivers_VBZ
instead_RB
a_DT
film_NN
with_IN
tremendous_JJ
power_NN
whose_WP$
most_DT
notable_JJ
trait_NN
is_BEZ
its_PP$
touching_JJ
subtlety_NN
._.
based_VBN
on_IN
a_DT
respected_JJ
book_NN
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
name_NN
by_IN
author_NN
russell_NP
banks_NNS
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
represents_VBZ
a_DT
rethinking_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
's_POS
structure_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
merely_RB
a_DT
literal_JJ
adaptation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
._.
told_VBN
in_IN
linear_JJ
form_NN
by_IN
four_CD
narrators_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
book_NN
,_,
egoyan_NP
's_POS
version_NN
happens_VBZ
instead_RB
in_IN
overlapping_VBG
time_NN
sequences_NNS
and_CC
without_IN
a_DT
narrator_NN
._.
the_DT
author_NN
is_BEZ
even_RB
on_IN
record_NN
as_IN
applauding_VBG
egoyan_NP
's_POS
changes_NNS
._.
in_IN
the_DT
press_NN
notes_NNS
the_DT
book_NN
's_POS
author_NN
describes_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
as_IN
"_"
a_DT
parable_NN
of_IN
lost_JJ
children_NNS
._.
"_"
he_PP
says_VBZ
it_PP
asks_VBZ
what_WDT
a_DT
town_NN
does_DOZ
in_IN
the_DT
absence_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
children_NNS
._.
picking_VBG
up_RP
on_IN
this_DT
,_,
egoyan_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
flashback_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
a_DT
sitter_NN
,_,
nicole_NN
burnell_NP
,_,
played_VBD
with_IN
grace_NN
by_IN
sarah_NP
polley_NP
,_,
reads_VBZ
parts_NNS
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
pied_JJ
piper_NN
"_"
from_IN
an_DT
old_JJ
,_,
illustrated_VBN
book_NN
to_IN
her_PP$
two_CD
charges_NNS
._.
periodically_RB
throughout_IN
the_DT
picture_NN
,_,
nicole_NN
's_POS
readings_NNS
are_BER
heard_VBN
in_IN
voice-over_NN
._.
you_PP
have_HV
never_RB
heard_VBN
this_DT
moving_VBG
poem_NN
read_VB
so_RB
sweetly_RB
or_CC
in_IN
such_DT
an_DT
appropriate_JJ
moment_NN
._.
they_PP
and_CC
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
children_NNS
come_VB
into_IN
harm_NN
's_POS
way_NN
--_???
some_DT
live_JJ
and_CC
others_NNS
are_BER
seriously_RB
injured_JJ
._.
and_CC
the_DT
entire_JJ
small_JJ
canadian_JJ
town_NN
where_CS
the_DT
accident_NN
occurs_VBZ
is_BEZ
never_RB
the_DT
same_DT
again_RB
._.
although_CS
the_DT
physical_JJ
damage_NN
is_BEZ
inflicted_VBN
mainly_RB
on_IN
the_DT
children_NNS
,_,
the_DT
adults_NNS
bear_VB
the_DT
emotional_JJ
scars_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
loss_NN
._.
ian_NP
holm_NP
,_,
in_IN
arguably_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
performance_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
distinguished_JJ
career_NN
,_,
plays_VBZ
mitchell_NP
stephens_NP
,_,
an_DT
intense_JJ
man_NN
of_IN
quiet_JJ
misery_NN
._.
mitchell_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
outsider_NN
in_IN
the_DT
story_NN
set_NN
in_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
,_,
snow-encrusted_VBN
community_NN
in_IN
the_DT
british_JJ
columbian_JJ
wilderness_NN
._.
his_PP$
mission_NN
there_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
singular_JJ
one_CD
,_,
to_IN
sign_NN
up_RP
the_DT
parents_NNS
so_RB
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
sue_NP
someone_PN
,_,
anyone_PN
,_,
on_IN
their_PP$
behalf_NN
._.
if_CS
this_DT
seems_VBZ
crass_JJ
,_,
well_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
but_CC
mitchell_NP
approaches_NNS
his_PP$
job_NN
with_IN
the_DT
dedication_NN
of_IN
a_DT
religious_JJ
zealot_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
unfolds_NNS
slowly_RB
and_CC
always_RB
believably_RB
._.
each_DT
little_JJ
aspect_NN
has_HVZ
its_PP$
own_DT
fascination_NN
._.
as_CS
mitchell_NP
interviews_NNS
wendell_NP
and_CC
rita_NP
walker_NP
,_,
played_VBD
with_IN
quiet_JJ
realism_NN
by_IN
maury_NN
chaykin_NP
and_CC
alberta_NP
watson_NP
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
simple_JJ
task_NN
._.
he_PP
wants_VBZ
them_PP
to_TO
suggest_VB
some_DT
model_NN
couple_NN
in_IN
the_DT
village_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
a_DT
lost_JJ
a_DT
child_NN
so_RB
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
use_VB
that_DT
couple_NN
to_IN
form_NN
the_DT
basis_NN
of_IN
the_DT
suit_NN
._.
wendell_NP
ticks_NNS
off_IN
one_CD
town_NN
member_NN
after_IN
another_DT
and_CC
then_RB
,_,
as_CS
one_CD
can_NN
in_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
town_NN
,_,
enumerates_NNS
each_DT
person_NN
's_POS
numerous_JJ
faults_NNS
._.
although_CS
the_DT
town_NN
is_BEZ
no_DT
peyton_NP
place_NN
,_,
people_NN
there_RB
do_DO
have_HV
their_PP$
foibles_NNS
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
parents_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
town_NN
appears_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
billy_NP
ansell_NP
(_(
bruce_NP
greenwood_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
rides_VBZ
his_PP$
pickup_NN
behind_IN
the_DT
school_NN
bus_NN
everyday_JJ
just_RB
so_RB
he_PP
can_MD
wave_VB
good-bye_UH
to_IN
his_PP$
kids_NNS
._.
well_RB
,_,
single_JJ
parent_NN
billy_NP
's_POS
fault_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
regularly_RB
scheduled_VBN
trysts_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
married_JJ
rita_NP
._.
his_PP$
confessions_NNS
to_IN
rita_NP
about_IN
his_PP$
feelings_NNS
of_IN
loss_NN
are_BER
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
many_DT
heartfelt_NN
outpourings_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
the_DT
accident_NN
itself_PPX
,_,
a_DT
simple_JJ
one_CD
of_IN
a_DT
bus_NN
hitting_VBG
a_DT
patch_NN
of_IN
ice_NN
,_,
isn't_BEZ
shown_VBN
until_CS
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
the_DT
picture_NN
,_,
but_CC
,_,
nevertheless_RB
,_,
the_DT
mystery_NN
about_IN
it_PP
builds_VBZ
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
although_CS
the_DT
picture_NN
is_BEZ
no_DT
detective_NN
story_NN
,_,
finding_VBG
out_RP
exactly_RB
what_WDT
happened_VBD
is_BEZ
a_DT
subtheme_NN
in_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
primarily_RB
a_DT
character_NN
study_NN
of_IN
a_DT
town_NN
gripped_VBN
by_IN
tragedy_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
injured_JJ
bus_NN
driver_NN
,_,
gabrielle_NP
rose_VBD
,_,
dolores_NNS
driscoll_NN
plays_VBZ
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
a_DT
dedicated_JJ
individual_JJ
who_NP
loves_VBZ
kids_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
passion_NN
and_CC
for_IN
whom_WP
the_DT
tragedy_NN
takes_VBZ
on_IN
special_JJ
meaning_NN
._.
to_IN
round_JJ
out_RP
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
mitchell_NP
has_HVZ
his_PP$
own_DT
private_JJ
tragedy_NN
to_IN
bear_NN
._.
his_PP$
daughter_NN
zoe_NP
(_(
caerthan_NP
banks_NNS
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
drug_NN
addict_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
bounced_VBN
in_IN
and_CC
out_RP
of_IN
one_CD
half-way_JJ
house_NN
and_CC
recovery_NN
center_NN
after_IN
another_DT
._.
fond_JJ
of_IN
calling_VBG
her_PP$
dad_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
cell_NN
phone_NN
so_RB
she_PP
can_MD
ask_VB
for_IN
money_NN
or_CC
help_VB
,_,
she_PP
interrupts_VBZ
him_PP
at_IN
many_DT
emotionally_RB
charged_VBN
moments_NNS
as_IN
he_PP
attempts_NNS
to_IN
sign_NN
up_RP
the_DT
townsfolk_NNS
._.
(_(
"_"
i_PP
can_MD
help_VB
you_PP
,_,
"_"
mitchell_NP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
reassure_VB
billy_NP
._.
"_"
not_XNOT
unless_CS
you_PP
can_MD
raise_VB
the_DT
dead_JJ
,_,
"_"
billy_NP
snaps_VBZ
back_RP
._.
mitchell_NP
's_POS
pitch_NN
is_BEZ
never_RB
an_DT
easy_JJ
one_CD
and_CC
worrying_JJ
about_IN
zoe_NP
only_RB
makes_VBZ
it_PP
harder_JJR
._.
)_)
mychael_NP
danna_NP
's_POS
haunting_NN
music_NN
sets_NNS
the_DT
stage_NN
for_IN
tragedy_NN
._.
the_DT
cinematography_NN
by_IN
paul_NP
sarossy_NN
is_BEZ
sweeping_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
outdoor_JJ
grandeur_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
warm_JJ
,_,
shadowy_JJ
,_,
intimate_JJ
moments_NNS
indoors_RB
where_CS
it_PP
works_VBZ
best_JJS
._.
the_DT
show_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
ripe_JJ
for_IN
emotional_JJ
manipulation_NN
,_,
never_RB
plays_VBZ
with_IN
its_PP$
audience_NN
._.
still_RB
,_,
when_CS
the_DT
house_NN
lights_NNS
go_VB
up_RP
,_,
you_PP
may_MD
feel_VB
as_IN
i_PP
did_DOD
._.
i_PP
could_MD
barely_RB
breathe_VB
;_;
i_PP
was_BEDZ
so_RB
overcome_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
sum_NN
total_NN
of_IN
what_WDT
i_PP
had_HVD
witnessed_VBN
._.
more_DT
than_CS
anything_PN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
like_IN
a_DT
master_NN
painting_NN
._.
each_DT
cinematic_JJ
brush_NN
stroke_NN
is_BEZ
carefully_RB
laid_VBN
down_RP
by_IN
egoyan_NP
with_IN
the_DT
beauty_NN
building_NN
with_IN
each_DT
dollop_NN
of_IN
paint_NN
._.
with_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
color_NN
in_IN
place_NN
,_,
the_DT
masterpiece_NN
is_BEZ
complete_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
ending_NN
credits_NNS
roll_NN
._.
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
runs_VBZ
50_CD
:_:
50_CD
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
rated_VBN
r_NN
for_IN
mature_JJ
themes_NNS
,_,
sexuality_NN
and_CC
some_DT
profanity_NN
and_CC
would_MD
be_BE
fine_JJ
teenagers_NNS
._.