DVD & Blu-ray review: The Sweet Hereafter (15)

Atom Egoyan DVD/Blu-ray (107mins)

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Atom Egoyan's masterpiece omits the auteur's usual visual quirks, and plays this tragic tale (relatively) Geoffrey Boycott straight. Ian Holm plays an ambulance-chasing lawyer who is charged with winning compensation for 14 families who have lost their child as a result of a bus accident on an icy road in small-town British Columbia. Once there the solemn lawyer, whose own daughter is a drug addict, unearths terrible secrets in the community. A bold, immensely moving adaptation of Russell Banks's novel.