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While composer Marc Streitenfeld has been working for nearly two decades with directors like Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Terrence Malick and John Woo, it was 2012's "Prometheus" that really brought him to wider attention. His terrific work on the "Alien" prequel was one of the most memorable scores of that year, but he shows a different side in "After The Fall." Starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett, Jason Isaacs and directed by Saar Klein (the Oscar nominated editor behind Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" and Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"), the film tells the story of a man who turns to crime after losing his job, falling in with a detective who no longer believes in the value of upholding the law. The film brings out Streitenfeld's more contemplative qualities, as well as an undercurrent of darkness and menace. "After The Fall" is now available on VOD, »
- Edward Davis
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Berlin Film Festival where the film screened under the title "Things People Do." Aiming to be the kind of restrained, grown-up ethical drama that we don't see a great deal of anymore, "Things People Do" from editor-turned-director Saar Klein, premiered unassumingly at the Berlin Film Festival, as though aware it was predestined to be almost immediately eclipsed by showier, punchier titles. Which is probably a little unfair, as the film does boast a lot of strong elements: unusually expressive cinematography, a well-rendered sense of place, Jason Isaacs. And in general it nearly succeeds in delivering on its gently moralist ambitions. However, its failings are all the more glaring for being in the realm of characterization, which is kind of crucial if a film of this kind is to transcend the potential limitations of the indie drama ghetto. Unfortunately "Things People Do »
- Jessica Kiang
Title: After The Fall eOne Films Director: Saar Klein Writers: Saar Klein, Joe Conway Cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett Running time: 1hr 49min, Not Rated (Violence, Language, Sexuality) NY Theaters And VOD: December 12, 2014 Family man Bill (Wes Bentley) loses his job as an insurance adjuster after too many generous payouts. He’s afraid to tell his wife (Vinessa Shaw) they’re broke, but continues their upper middle class living in Albuquerque to keep up appearances. He meets a police detective named Frank (Jason Isaacs), one night at a bowling alley and they start hanging out during the day, mostly Frank teaching Bill how to shoot. After his [ Read More ]
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First-time director Saar Klein got his start in Hollywood as an editor, where he’s been working with top directors for the past two decades. He has two Academy Award nominations under his belt, for Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line and Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. His feature debut After the Fall joins the strong lineup of this year’s recession-era dramas. Wes Bentley plays a mediocre insurance appraisal agent who loses his job after being too generous with payouts. He turns to a life of crime in order to make payments on his house and keep his family above water. Becoming a petty […] »
- Ariston Anderson
Falling Down: Klein’s Debut Exploits Economic Realities for Mixed Crime Drama
Exploring the ravaged remnants of the façade once referred to as the American Dream, editor turned director Saar Klein explores the slippery slope of middle class tendencies when faced with economic downturns in After the Fall. Initially titled “Things People Do” when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, the new moniker tends to favor the film’s less poetic, more pointedly exploitational elements with a film that mistakes timeliness for sincerity. Filled with convenient turns and easily attainable avenues of retribution, the film ultimately seems like an archaic example of the dangerous follies of patriarchy. Impossible standards placed on the role of a breadwinner in a modern world too costly to maintain when chained to the fantasy of the nuclear familial unit seems a promising angle, yet Klein never seems to get off the fence and into the dirt. »
- Nicholas Bell
One glance at the poster for After the Fall and you should expect a low-rent, straight-to-dvd revenge thriller starring Wes Bentley. The American Beauty actor stands menacingly in front of a giant backdrop of the American flag, a scar blistering from his left cheek. He is also wearing a suit and holding a gun. However, the debut film from Israeli writer/director Saar Klein is actually a low-key family drama about a father trying his best to hide his lies and life of petty crime from his wife and kids. The film deals with a protagonist as fraudulent as that one-sheet.
Bentley stars as Bill Scanlon, an insurance man who was recently fired from his job. Instead of telling his wife, Susan (Vinessa Shaw), he keeps up a charade, explaining he is up for a promotion. In one of the film’s early scenes, he tells his eldest son, Henry »
- Jordan Adler
The absurdly wrong poster for After the Fall — which shows Wes Bentley toting a gun in front of the American flag, a scar visible on his left cheek — promises a tacky VOD actioner in the Nicolas Cage mode. In truth, however, the movie is a sincere, dialed-in character study — light on shoot-'em-ups, heavy on moral and emotional reflection. Some context explains this discrepancy: First-time co-writer/director Saar Klein is a veteran editor whose résumé includes two Terrence Malick films (The Thin Red Line and The New World). Malick receives a "special thanks" credit here, and rightfully so — his fingerprints (or at least the influence of them) are all over this movie. When insurance agent Bill Scanlon (Ben »
Title: After the Dark Director: Saar Klein Starring: Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Jason Issacs and Haley Bennett Archetypal and unfulfilling stereotypes of the true meanings of success and the American dream often plague many areas of society, from achieving high goals in a person’s career to conforming to the ideals of a typical family. The harrowing process of trying to achieve professional and personal success is grippingly showcased in the new crime drama, ‘After the Fall,’ which marks the feature film directorial and writing debuts of filmmaker Saar Klein. The main character in the helmer’s initial movie is initially presented as a relatable, hard-working family man who’s striving to provide [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Rome — U.S. thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver will be feted by Italy’s Noir in Festival, dedicated to movies and books broadly belonging to the noir genre and held in the Alpine resort of Courmayeur.
Deaver is expected in Courmayeur Dec. 10 and 11 to receive the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award and to tubthump the Italian edition of his latest book, “The Skin Collector,” published in Italy by Rizzoli.
Fest toppers Giorgio Gosetti and Marina Fabri said they were “particularly happy” to celebrate Deaver the same year that, with “The Skin Collector,” he has brought back “Bone Collector” investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, patrol officer Amelia Sachs.
- Nick Vivarelli
Alan Rickman and directors Bertrand Bonello and Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2012, are set to join jury president Isabelle Huppert at the Marrakech International Film Festival in December. Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (Serena), French actress Melanie Laurent (Inglorlious Basterds), Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Italian director Mario Martone (We Believed) and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi (44 Bedtime Stories) will round out the panel. Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama The Keeping Room, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, and Oscar-nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut Things People Do will be among
- Rhonda Richford
Exclusive: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica.
The company has already sent out the script to the distributors of Audiard’s last film Rust and Bone, who have until the Afm to make an offer and sign a deal.
Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.
Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 15-22), has revealed the line-up of films screening in three of the festival’s competition sections including Cinematographers’ Debut, Directors’ Debut and Student Etudes.
The entries are:
Cinematographers’ Debut Competition
UK, 2014; Cinematographer: David Procter
Denmark, 2014; Cinematographer: Sidney Lexy Plaut
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Difret;
Ethiopia, USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska
Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: Kacper Fertacz
Arild Østin Ommundsen’s It’s Only Make Believe;
Norway, 2013; Cinematographer: Arild Østin Ommundsen
Australia, 2013; Cinematographer: Ari Wegner
Ester Martin Bergsmark’s Something Must Break;
David Pablos’ The Life After;
Mexico, 2013; Cinematographer: José De- La-Torre
USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Matthias Koenigswieser
Denmark, 2013; Cinematographer: [link=nm »
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Heading into the Afm, Magnet Releasing is to fully finance and take worldwide rights to the project from producers Xyz Films. Separately, eOne will distribute After The Fall In North America and fresh cast have joined relationship drama The Choice.
Magnolia’s head of international and broadcast sales Christina Rogers will represent Xx at the Santa Monica market in November.
Each story will relate to the horror genre and the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints.
“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “We’re especially excited about the calibre of filmmakers involved with this anthology, and the fresh »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Bentley plays an unemployed insurance adjuster-turned-armed robber, and Isaacs portrays a washed-up detective.
“After the Fall” premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival with Klein receiving a nomination for the best first feature award. It also won a special 40th Anniversary Award at the Deauville Film Festival in September.
Klein wrote the script with Joe Conway. Producers are Sarah Green, Hans Graffunder and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos. Executive producers include Nicolas Gonda, Michael Macs, Ryan Rettig, Kurt Billick, David Klein and Doug Liman.
The film will screen at the Mill Valley Film Festival this weekend.
- Dave McNary
Entertainment One Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Oscar nominee Saar Klein's drama “After the Fall,” which stars Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw and Jason Isaacs, the company announced Wednesday. Previously titled “Things People Do,” the film is slated for a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release on Dec. 12. Klein wrote the script with Joe Conway, and the film was produced by Sarah Green, Hans Graffunder and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos. Executive producers include Nicolas Gonda, Michael Macs, Ryan Rettig, Kurt Billick, David Klein and Doug Liman. “After the Fall” premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival and garnered »
- Jeff Sneider
The Deauville Film Festival heads have unveiled the make-up of the 40th edition of the fest, and naturally this coming September, we’ve got a Sundance-infused edition being readied for the North West coastal town. Celebrating several new American indie auteurs, noteworthy filmmakers from Park City include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels), Mark Jackson (War Story) and Damien Chazelle’s much acclaimed Whiplash. Also found in the 14 In Comp slate we find Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms — which our Nicholas Bell called “uneasy, uncomfortable, and certainly uncertain”. Also on tap: the French premieres of Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice. Here is the full selection and you can make a detour here to see who is being celebrated at the fest.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour
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- Eric Lavallee
Haugesund, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
Deauville will also »
- Elsa Keslassy
Wes Bentley rarely takes on leading roles, probably partially because his youthful, nondescript features lead audiences to identify with him most as a background player. Things People Do, a quiet drama directed by The Thin Red Line editor Saar Klein, finds Bentley taking on the main role of insurance adjuster Bill Scanlon, who turns to a life of crime when always playing the nice guy leaves him jobless and heavily in debt. Unfortunately, the film’s plodding, ham-fisted narrative allows neither Bentley nor Things People Do as a whole any opportunity to leave even the slightest impression.
Klein and co-writer Joe Conway clearly wanted their film to be received as a morality play, with seemingly every line of dialogue holding deeper meaning. In moderation, symbolic dialogue can be one of a screenwriter’s most potent weapons, but here it’s more exhausting than enlightening. One of the reasons Things People Do »
- Isaac Feldberg
“There ain’t no sin, there ain’t no wrong, there’s just things people do,” opines a washed-up detective (Jason Isaacs) to an unemployed insurance adjuster (Wes Bentley) turned armed robber in what is, remarkably, one of the least heavy-handed moments from “Things People Do,” a wildly overwrought and frequently preposterous recession-era morality play that marks the feature directing debut of veteran film editor Saar Klein. Burdened with absurd plot twists and two-ton metaphors (including a Chekhovian gun and a swimming pool more symbolic than Gatsby’s), this depressive drama about the desperate measures called for by desperate times will need its own strongarm tactics to see any significant theatrical exposure following its Berlin and SXSW premieres. Midrange name cast portends brisker ancillary traffic.
Lest we harbor any doubt about what kind of movie this is going to be, “Things People Do” opens with Bentley’s Bill Scanlin poking »
- Scott Foundas
SXSW is less than a month away and ShockYa.com is thrilled to announce that we’ll be on the ground in Austin, Texas for the event. There are loads of films on the line-up we’re aiming to catch, one of which is Academy Award nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut, “Things People Do.” The film stars Wes Bentley as Bill Scanlon, a man who loses his job and can’t bring himself to tell his wife (Vinessa Shaw). Rather than risk losing his family, he opts to cover up the issue by becoming a criminal. Soon after taking the plunge and getting his hands a little dirty, Bill starts to enjoy the [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
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