The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
One of the greatest movies set in Canada, director Atom Egoyan’s Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter follows the aftermath of a horrific school bus crash that kills 14 children during the dead of winter. Mitchell Stephens, a lawyer played expertly by Ian Holm, arrives in Sam Dent, B.C., and tries to persuade the grieving parents to file a class action lawsuit against the town. In typical Egoyan fashion, The Sweet Hereafter unfolds in non-chronological order. The city of Merritt and community of Spences Bridge—both located in British Columbia—were used as stand-ins for the fictional town, and their peaceful landscapes beautifully contrast with the emotional horror taking place on-screen.