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the_DT
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"_"
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"_"
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"_"
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"_"
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"_"
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._.
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an_DT
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it_PP
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the_DT
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woody_NP
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a_DT
yankee_NN
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"_"
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"_"
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marisa_NP
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the_DT
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the_DT
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the_DT
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comparison_NN
._.
still_RB
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winterbottom_NN
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mawkishness_NN
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flashy_JJ
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music_NN
._.
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._.
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war_NN
,_,
no_DT
one_CD
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victorious_JJ
._.
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sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
starring_VBG
ian_NP
holm_NP
,_,
sarah_NP
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,_,
bruce_NP
greenwood_NP
,_,
tom_NP
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,_,
gabrielle_NP
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,_,
arsinee_NN
khanjian_JJ
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alberta_NP
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,_,
maury_NP
chaykin_NP
,_,
caerthan_NP
banks_NNS
._.
produced_VBN
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atom_NN
egoyan_NP
and_CC
camelia_NP
frieberg_NP
._.
script_NN
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egoyan_NP
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the_DT
novel_NN
by_IN
russell_NP
banks_NNS
)_)
._.
directed_JJ
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atom_NN
egoyan_NP
._.
running_VBG
time_NN
:_:
110_CD
mins_NNS
._.
rated_VBN
r_NN
._.
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atom_NN
egoyan_NP
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powerfully_RB
meditative_JJ
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
as_CS
anything_PN
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haunting_VBG
and_CC
transcendental_JJ
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i've_???
seen_VBN
this_DT
year_NN
._.
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not_XNOT
only_RB
explores_VBZ
the_DT
aftermaths_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
terrible_JJ
tragedy_NN
with_IN
magnificent_JJ
subtlety_NN
,_,
with_IN
cold_JJ
,_,
and_CC
stunning_JJ
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of_IN
the_DT
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mistfortune_NN
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telegraphing_VBG
the_DT
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of_IN
devastation_NN
that_CS
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permeated_VBN
the_DT
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an_DT
enormous_JJ
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of_IN
dignity_NN
and_CC
respect_NN
for_IN
each_DT
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soul_NN
affected_VBN
._.
ian_NP
holm_NP
as_IN
the_DT
somber_NN
,_,
lonely_JJ
lawyer_NN
seeking_VBG
compensation_NN
for_IN
the_DT
townspeople_NN
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a_DT
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,_,
he_PP
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the_DT
wrong_JJ
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daughter_NN
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druggie_NN
who_WP
frequently_RB
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him_PP
begging_VBG
for_IN
money_NN
)_)
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the_DT
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._.
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some_DT
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flashbacks_NNS
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we_PP
witness_VB
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her_PP$
purity_NN
._.
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one_CD
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the_DT
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._.
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the_DT
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sarah_NP
polly_RB
,_,
the_DT
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benevolent_JJ
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most_DT
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past_NN
,_,
present_JJ
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._.
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opposite_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
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emily_NP
watson_NP
an_DT
oscar_NP
nomination_NN
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"_"
breaking_VBG
the_DT
waves_NNS
"_"
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truly_RB
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omnipotent_NN
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._.
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
though_CS
,_,
is_BEZ
atom_NN
egoyan_NP
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of_IN
now_RB
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
emerging_JJ
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the_DT
definite_JJ
face_NN
of_IN
independent_JJ
cinema_NN
._.
after_IN
surging_VBG
to_IN
worldwide_JJ
recognition_NN
with_IN
1994_CD
's_POS
"_"
exotica_NP
"_"
,_,
"_"
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
"_"
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him_PP
something_PN
few_DT
people_NN
in_IN
this_DT
industry_NN
can_MD
call_VB
themselves_PPX
:_:
an_DT
artist_NN
._.
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interweaves_VBZ
time_NN
with_IN
a_DT
delicacy_NN
and_CC
sees_VBZ
a_DT
soul_NN
with_IN
a_DT
purity_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
just_RB
not_XNOT
common_JJ
._.
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