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The common thread of the story is death - or, more accurately, what awaits us after we die. Although glimpses of a spiritual void are revealed, neither Eastwood nor writer Peter Morgan makes any grand claims as to what it is or how it works. In other words, the film assumes the reality of life after death, but it doesn't linger on details such as heaven, hell, purgatory, or anything else resembling eternal punishment or eternal reward. There isn't even a discussion about the existence of God. This isn't a criticism. We've seen far too many movies in which deathly states are both explicitly examined and regarded with either extreme sentimentality or extreme terror; "Hereafter" wisely avoids these clichés, in effect keeping the true nature of death a mystery.
The film is initially structured as three separate storylines, all of which theatrically but cleverly converge during the final act.Read more ›
The bulk of HEREAFTER is about coping; George copes with his unwanted abilities, feeling isolated from his brother and even from the attractive and interested young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) that he meets at a cooking class. When she thrusts herself on him and pushes him into making dinner at his place with her, she finds out a bit of his guarded past, and the results aren't what either of them desire. Marie finds both her relationship with Didier and her job as a television journalist faltering, as she decides to write her dream book about a late French politician but can't forget her near-death experiences; and Marcus struggles with loss and even comprehension as a child who feels his life cut in two. Very gradually, all of them are drawn in similar directions, emotionally and eventually physically.
Clint Eastwood's 31st film as director is, like a large percentage of his work, concerned with death.Read more ›
Hereafter is a film with three different plots headed toward a common destination. In one strand Cecile De France plays Marie, a Parisian Journalist who is saved from drowning in a tsunami and finds that she can't extricate her private and professional lives from the experience. Frankie and George McLaren play twin brothers Marcus and Jason. The brothers have a drug-addicted single mother and share the task of shielding her and themselves from the authorities before tragedy strikes. In the final thread Matt Damon plays George Lonegan, the character you know the other characters are moving toward.
George has the ability to talk to the dead through contact with people who have connections to the deceased. He explains halfway through the film that he developed this ability after a near-death experience, and although his brother (played by Jay Mohr) thinks "the gift" is a gold-mine that should be exploited, George tries explaining repeatedly that it is a curse rather than a blessing. (Any person George touches floods him with images of the dearly departed.)
The film moves slowly. After the opening Marie doesn't want to be a journalist so much as explore the world of near-death experiences. We see young Marcus visiting sham psychics. In a series of scenes we see Damon's George reluctantly give "readings".Read more ›
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This movie had a great cast and a terrific premise, that just couldn't carry things through to the end. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Leimy
This is directed by Clint Eastwood, but not his usual fare. This movie is about life after death, and the subject is treated with respect. It is told in three separate storylines. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rita L. Waldrop
A sleeper until the last 1/3 ... definitely a heart-warming chick-type-flick. The message delivered by Jason is the best... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Georgi Offrell
One of those rare films that brings conflicted people into connection and healing. Well done!Published 1 month ago by Morgan L. Meadows
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