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Community versus the professionalisation of relationships,
This review is from: The Sweet Hereafter [DVD]  (DVD)
Immediately reminiscent of the Coens' "Fargo" from the opening scene, with the strange medieval music and the brilliant white of the snowscape, this is no black comic thriller, but a sensitive exploration, brilliantly performed, directed and filmed, of the very real consequences of bringing third parties into intimate human tragedies. For as long as we feel the need to have mediators to manage our feelings and "direct our anger", this film will make us think about what this means for our relationships with our fellow human beings.
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.