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To salve his guilty conscience an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on one contact. Free of the institution he continues to be haunted by dreams of a lost twin and chants the eerie phrase "Do I stand before the king?" It is the elder brother that seems doomed to lose himself in his brother's insanity. Written by
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After the third attempt of suicide of Laurence (Julian Sands), his older brother Peter (John Hurt) decides to take him out of the mental institution and take care of him. Peter rents an old apartment in an empty building and leaves his wife and daughter to take care of his brother. Laurence is an insecure man that is haunted by the death of his twin brother Jan that drowned in soft sand on the beach. Peter controls and studies Laurence but when the filmmaker Pascale (Victoria Abril) meets Laurence, he seems to improve his mental condition affecting Peter.
"After Darkness" is a weird and gloomy film with a story of madness. The dark cinematography keeps an eerie atmosphere along the story. However the plot is confused with open end and the sentence "Do I stand before the king?" does not seem to have any special meaning. The performances of John Hurt and Julian Sands are the best to see in this low-budget film. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "Depois da Escuridão" ("After Darkness")
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