The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.
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
Despite the fact that Deacon had dyed Anna's hair brunette, it is back to red when she is in the coffin. See more »
It's time now. You're absolutely beautiful for your funeral.
[crossing his hands]
It's is if you were still alive. Just sleeping. This is how they're all going to remember you.
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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 intriguing, thought provoking and original though out. 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), it's never in an explicit or sexualized matter to Wojtowicz-Voslo's credit.
Liam Neeson is convincing as the mortician Eliot Deacon in a subtle performance where 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 hasn't have the convincing weight of the other players. However, Young Chandler Canterbury as the little boy Jack is memorable.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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