After Fall, Winter 2012 NR CC

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After Fall, Winter is a secretive, dangerous and sexy love story about a French dominatrix who falls in love with a New York writer in Paris.

Starring:
Eric Schaeffer, Lizzie Brocheré
Runtime:
2 hours, 12 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Eric Schaeffer
Starring Eric Schaeffer, Lizzie Brocheré
Supporting actors Marie Luneau, Christian Mulot, Sylvie Loeillet, Niseema Theillaud, Heather Aitken, Rebecca James, Matthias Van Khache, Murielle Huet des Aunay, Akéla Sari, Deborah Twiss, Anna Gaylor, Manuel Bonnet, Chloé Stefani, Jimmy King, Sydney McCann
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Buddy S VINE VOICE on May 9, 2012
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Michael (played by Eric Schaeffer) is a middle aged author who has hit rock bottom - his latest novel is in the process of being rejected by a string of publishers and he is heavily in debt, depressed and suicidal. At the urging of a friend, he leaves New York City for a visit to Paris. Once in Paris, he meets and immediately falls for Sophie (played by Lizzie Brocheré), an alluring 20 something hospice counselor. Initially, Sophie rejects Michael's advances, but after she sees a vulnerability in his macho facade, she decides to give a relationship with him a chance.

As the relationship develops, each harbors an important secret -- Sophie moonlights at a second job as a dominatrix, while Michael frequents dominatrices, where he gets some satisfaction from being physically abused and verbally humiliated. The couple's failure to make these disclosures to each other has disastrous and disturbing consequences.

Much of the film is focused on dialogue between Michael and Sophie, and most of it is engaging and seems realistic. The film, however, is too long (at 2 hours and 10 minutes) and could use some serious editing. Also, portions of the plot seemed unduly contrived. As examples: It seems unlikely that someone who is as deeply depressed as Michael, to the point of seriously considering suicide, would have the emotional fortitude to continually pursue Sophie after she repeatedly rejects his advances. It also seems unlikely that a dominatrix and a customer of dominatrices would meet by chance, as Sophie and Michael did. And the Shakespearean ending of the film strains credulity.

Despite the flaws, I found the film to be engrossing and haunting. I attribute this to the performance of Ms.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sumatran on February 3, 2012
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It is difficult to capture the charm and wit that we all hope we have when we are dating. Let's face it, movies have been trying for years. Typically it is too sacchrine or just completely misses the realism mark. AFTER FALL, WINTER's strength is a tremendous script by writer/director/star, Eric Schaeffer. He is known for his dialogue and his approach to the realities of love / relationsips, and this film is a high water mark.

At times heartbreaking and at other times truly uncomfortable, I found myself both wanting to look away and unbelievably riveted. If you are a student of relationships... If you think the real stories about sexuality aren't told that often... If you like your stories told with a bit of edge and a large dose of realism... AFTER FALL, WINTER will not disappoint!

Recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Triage on February 29, 2012
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I rented this movie because it was supposed to be a frank look at BDSM - the female lead is a dominatrix and the male lead is a guy who goes to dominatrixes whenever he's in a shame spiral, which appears to be constantly. Although this movie does depict some very realistic BDSM, it still falls back on the tired moral saw of portraying this lifestyle as overwhelmingly negative - right up to and including a demented dominatrix character who sets up dungeon in a grimy old warehouse and is perfectly willing to murder a client if he asks. As someone who's admitted publicly many times in the past that he's procured and enjoyed the services of these women, Eric Schaeffer does them a grave disservice with this repulsive idea - and with the idea that BDSM in and of itself is a strong enough dark force to rip these lovers apart the second it rears its head. Every time Eric Schaeffer's Michael experiences a setback - whether it be receiving word that yet another publisher has passed on his book or when Lizzie Brochere's Sophie says something that hurts his feelings - he runs off to spend hundreds of dollars on a dominatrix, even though he's supposed to be over half a million dollars in debt. This gives me the unsavory feeling that Schaeffer is only using BDSM to make some tedious point about his self-loathing, not to try and achieve genuine insight into the lifestyle.

Other drawbacks. The script is ham-handed; the traditional gender roles in a dating situation are sort of reversed here, which is something that's clear to see but that is still mentioned, over and over again, in the script, as if Schaeffer thinks his audience is so dumb they have to be told in the most prosaic manner what's going on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wooden on September 6, 2014
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Some argue that the male lead's dialogue is just too perfect for a man as depressed as he is at the film's beginning. I'd argue that when a man is that low, he's got nothing to lose, so his picture-perfect romantic dialogue works in that context. At heart, this is a romantic movie from a male's perspective, so judge it on those lines. In that context, the acting is solid though, like any romantic movie, coincidences that are just too coincidental play a major role in the story. the ending... well it is an ending, but perhaps too cruel for the story that came before. Supposedly the director's plan is to have a final story with this male lead years in the future. Let's hope the future is a bit more kind.
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