The Sweet Hereafter (1997) is based on the Russell Banks’ novel of the same name, which chronicles the effects of a tragic bus accident on the population of a small town. It’s adapted and directed by Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan who has a stately, some might say slow, style. It’s not a feel-good movie, but it’s very well made and emotional wrought, as any drama about the loss of children must be. We don’t mean to sound crass, but we lost some children in watching this film. That’s because Alberta Watson, a MILF, goes full-frontal nude. That one scene, the single selfless act, makes the death of all those children have a purpose. They didn’t die in vain.