Director: Atom Egoyan

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Film:The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter

Atom Egoyan

In synopsis The Sweet Hereafter may sound like a devastatingly unpleasant downer, but don’t be discouraged. The real subjects of this luminous picture (adapted by director Atom Egoyan from Russell Banks’s novel) are hope and renewal—avoiding the cheap emotions suggested by those clichéd terms. Like other Egoyan films (Exotica, for one), it’s an intriguing sort of mystery, a puzzle in which the big picture is not revealed until the very last piece is in place. A metropolitan attorney (Ian Holm) travels to a small British Columbian town where 14…

Film:Felicia's Journey

Felicia's Journey

Atom Egoyan

Like Hitchcock, Atom Egoyan envisions family life as a potential hotbed of literal or figurative violence and incest. In Felicia’s Journey, Egoyan’s adaptation of William Trevor’s shattering novel, one dreads to imagine what TV-cook mom (Arsinée Khanjian) did to so damage her pudgy son that grown- up Hilditch (Bob Hoskins) still prepares meals in perfect unison with faded videotapes of her show—and, as we eventually discover, often takes more sinister trips down Memory Lane. Distant kin to Psycho’s Tony Perkins, Hoskins’s troll is so obsessive, so…

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