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After.Life (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  26 August 2010 (Netherlands)
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A young woman caught between life and death... and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead, but might just be intent on burying her alive.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beatrice Taylor
Luz Alexandra Ramos ...
Diane (as Luz Ramos)
Tom Peterson
Mrs. Whitehall
Father Graham
Vincent Miller
Mrs. Hutton
Sam Kressner ...
Acne Kid
Teacher #1
Tall Kid
Prudence Wright Holmes ...
Old Woman #1


After a horrific car accident, Anna (Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn't believe she's dead, despite the funeral director's reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death. But Anna's grief-stricken boyfriend Paul (Long) still can't shake the nagging suspicion that Eliot isn't what he appears to be. As the funeral nears, Paul gets closer to unlocking the disturbing truth, but it could be too late; Anna may have already begun to cross over the other side. Written by Anchor Bay Films

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How do you save yourself when you're already dead? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2010 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

After Life  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,946 (USA) (9 April 2010)


$108,229 (USA) (30 April 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Shot in 25 days. See more »


Eliot shoots his victims with a folding packfilm Polaroid, yet the pictures in his wall are integral 600 film - fake 600 integral film. 600 film is black on the back, and when he is looking at Anna's picture the back of the picture is white. See more »


[first lines]
Eliot Deacon: It's time now. You're absolutely beautiful for your funeral.
[crossing his hands]
Eliot Deacon: It's as if you were still alive. Just sleeping. This is how they're all going to remember you.
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Exit Music: For A Film
Written by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway
Performed by Radiohead
Produced by Radiohead with Nigel Godrich
Courtesy of Parlophone
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User Reviews

Thought provoking sick fantasy thriller mystery.
31 October 2010 | by (Novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

A funeral director appears to have the gift of speaking to dead, and help with their passing to the either side. However, his latest work is a young female school teacher, but is she really dead or is he fulfilling a sick fantasy.

Director Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Voslo's After-life is intriguing, thought provoking and original throughout. The stark style of filming is reminiscent of Body to Body (2003) aka "Corps à corps".

While most of film centres around the character of Anna Taylor it is a wise casting choice by Matthew Lessall as beautiful Christina Ricci gives an emotional performance as a girl who's is not sure if she is dead or alive. Although, Ricci is on the mortuary slab and semi-nude for most part of the film, comparably to Anna Falchi in Dellamorte Dellamore (1994), to Wojtowicz-Voslo's credit it's never in an explicit or over sexualized presentation.

Liam Neeson is convincing as the mortician Eliot Deacon in a subtle performance where he communicates with the dead. He's creepy and cold, although not given a back story, his character has many layers. The tension between Neeson and Ricci is note-worthy and create some great moments.

Die Hard 4 star Justin Long is average as Ricci's fiancée, as he doesn't have the convincing weight of the other players. However, Young Chandler Canterbury as the little boy Jack is memorable. The supporting cast are a mix of familiar face's including Josh Charles and Shuler Hensley and the other officers.

Direction, lighting and music create an eerie atmosphere for this effective thriller mystery. There's horror too in the way of Anna Taylor's visions and Deacon working on the deceased prepping their bodies.

Overall, simmering entertainment with a closing act to ponder over.

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