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.

CUT TO:

INT. CAR WASH. -- NIGHT

TIME CUT back to MITCHELL honking the horn of his car,

trying to get someone's attention. No response. MITCHELL

picks up his cell phone, and dials the operator.

MITCHELL:

Yes, operator, I'm in a strange

situation. I'm calling from my car,

and I appear to be stuck in a car

wash...A car wash, yes...Is there

anyway you

could...Hello?...Hello?...

The line has died.

MITCHELL searches for an umbrella, finds one, and tries to

get out of the car without getting soaked.

ANGLE ON:

MITCHELL as he leaves the car, trying to protect himself

from the onslaught of water with his umbrella. He is

immediately soaked by a large mop. The camera watches

MITCHELL as he makes his way towards light at the end of the

wash.

CUT TO:

INT. CAR WASH. -- NIGHT

MITCHELL walks into the office of the car wash. No one is

there. There is an ominous buzz coming from another room.

MITCHELL moves towards the garage of the car wash/auto

repair establishment. He moves into a larger room, full of

discarded auto parts. The buzzing noise is coming from an

electric guitar, which has been left on, and is on the verge

of screeching feedback.

Someone was just here. They are nowhere to be seen.

MITCHELL:

Hello?

No response. MITCHELL picks up the guitar, which begins to

produce a terrifying electronic feedback.

CUT TO:

EXT. FAIRGROUND -- DAY

SAM and NICOLE wander through the fairground. Various rides

and concession stands are being set up. SAM has his arm

around NICOLE.

SAM:

That was great.

NICOLE:

Really?

SAM:

You're going to blow everyone away.

NICOLE:

You mean it?

SAM:

Of course.

NICOLE:

You don't sound like one hundred

percent absolutely sure.

SAM:

I am. Really. It was awesome.

NICOLE assesses SAM. Sensing his sincerity, she throws her

arms around him in a gesture of unabashed excitement.

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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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