The Sweet Hereafter script
Synopsis: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer (Ian Holm) arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his efforts only seem to push the townspeople further apart. At the same time, one teenage survivor of the accident (Sarah Polley) has to reckon with the loss of innocence brought about by a different kind of damage.

EXT. FAIRGROUND -- DAY

The blues number continues as the camera cranes down to the

bandstand of a country fair. A local band is rehearsing.

Around the practising band, various carpenters and

technicians are making final preparations for that evening's

big event.

One of the people watching the band is SAM BURNELL, a man in

his early forties. He watches his daughter, NICOLE, as she

sings into the microphone. NICOLE is sixteen.

NICOLE stares at her father as she sings.

ANGLE ON:

SAM looking back at his daughter. He is intensely proud of

her. SAM is a carpenter, working on at the fair site. He

gets back to his work, hammering a supporting beam into the

grandstand.

CUT TO:

INT. AIRPORT. WASHROOM -- AFTERNOON

CLOSE UP of a three year old girl, staring up into the lens.

Her face is full of sweetness and trust.

ANGLE ON:

MITCHELL STEPHENS in a crowded airport washroom, watching a

young father, PETER, trying to change the diaper on his

three year old daughter.

MITCHELL stares at the little girl, his face registering a

wistful smile. PETER is having a hard time trying to find

the towel from the toddler's bag and keeping an eye on her

at the same time.

MITCHELL:

Need a hand?

PETER:

Sure, it you could find a towel in

this bag. I know my wife packed one

in there...

MITCHELL comes forward and searches through the toddler's

bag.

MITCHELL:

You always think you're prepared for

these things.

PETER:

Tell me about it.

MITCHELL:

How old is she?

PETER:

Almost three.

MITCHELL:

(finding a towel)

Is this it?

PETER:

Perfect.

MITCHELL:

Here we go.

PETER:

Thanks.

PETER lays the towel across the counter, and dries the

little girl. MITCHELL watches as PETER puts a new diaper on

her. The toddler stares up at MITCHELL, her eyes are

playful.

MITCHELL stares at the girl's face.

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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan, CC is a Canadian director, writer, producer and former actor. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. more…

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