- Actors: Atom Egoyan
- Format: Import
- Region: All Regions
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Versatil
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003WJ61E0
The story is really several stories that are threaded into one tapestry of events. The main thread involves a school bus accident that resulted in the death of fourteen children in a small British Columbia town in Canada. A big, city slicker lawyer, Mitchell Stevens (Ian Holm), waltzes into town on the heels of the tragedy to see if a class action suit, arising out of the bus accident, lies against someone, anyone for huge monetary damages.
As Stevens interviews those prospective clients, his own troubles are revealed to the viewer and center around his drug addicted daughter, who deftly manipulates him. Scenes with his daughter, which suggest just how out of control his daughter's life is, correlate nicely to the way the lives of the townspeople have spun out of control since the bus accident that took so many young lives. Stevens is as bereft as the townspeople who have lost their children. The lawyer's feeling of guilt over his daughter's seemingly hopeless condition, miirror the hopelessness felt by the townspeople in light of the overwhelming tragedy that has befallen them.
The town has its secrets, however. One of them involves an attractive, and talented teenager, Nichole (Sarah Polley). When the viewer first sees her, with her is a long haired, seemingly supportive and tender man.Read more ›
The DVD is bare on extras, as sadly, I think the Momentum Pictures releases often are - outrageous in some ways considering the premium price, but then you pay for the film, not the "extras". It contains a badly made documentary interview with Egoyan which appears to have had no money thrown at it, full of pointless camera tricks, bad sound and no editorial thought. Thankfully it does get some interesting reflections out of the director, although one constantly feels that the producer of the doc has cut him short, and the interviewer forgot to ask specific questions about specific scenes in the film you've just seen.