The Sweet Hereafter: Law, Wisdom and Family Revisited

Abstract

In an article previously published in this journal, I argued that the moral universe of the Joel and Ethan Coen film Fargo could be interpreted as grounded in the biblical values of law, wisdom/folly and family. This paper argues that the Atom Egoyan film The Sweet Hereafter also makes significant use of these biblical themes, but interprets them in a radically different way. Also explored is the use of the Pied Piper motif in the movie (a theme not found in the Russell Banks novel The Sweet Hereafter), and the film\u27s overall perspective on religion and the afterlife, the sweet hereafter

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