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After.Life (2009)

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After a car accident, a young woman who is caught between life and death, meets a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead into the afterlife.
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Beatrice Taylor
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Diane (as Luz Ramos)
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Tom Peterson
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Mrs. Whitehall
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Father Graham
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Vincent Miller
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Mrs. Hutton
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Teacher #1
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Old Woman #1
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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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Life is the symptom. Death is the cure. See more »


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

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26 August 2010 (Netherlands)  »

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After Life  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$108,229 (USA) (30 April 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Bill Perkins: (at around 1h 9 mins) The film's financier and Producer appears as a Security Guard arresting Justin Long at the school. See more »

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(at around 1h 11 mins) The Ohio Bicentennial license plate on Paul Coleman's car is JB751C. Ohio Bicentennial plates were only issued in 2 letter, 2 number, 2 letter combinations. A plate in this sequence would have never been made. See more »

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[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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Terrific Bleak Tale
8 August 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The school teacher Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) is a troubled woman that uses many pills along the day and is incapable to love due to the creation of her dysfunctional mother. When her boyfriend Paul Coleman (Justin Long) is promoted but needs to move to Chicago, he invites her to a fancy dinner to propose her. However Anna does not listen to him and believes he wants to quit their relationship, leaving the restaurant totally disturbed and upset. She has a car accident and awakes in a funeral home, where the director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) is preparing her body for the funeral service. Anna tells him that she is not dead, but Eliot shows her death certificate and explains that he has the gift of listening to the dead. Along the days and the nights, Anna faces her fears and Eliot slowly tries to convince her to accept her death. But Anna does not believe that she had died and tries to communicate with Paul. Is she really dead or alive?

"After.Live" is a terrific bleak tale and one of the best horror movies that I have recently seen. The ambiguous story provided leads to the viewer to decide whether Anna Taylor is dead or alive but the conclusion is actually open to interpretation. Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci totally or partially naked most of the time have top-notch performances, supported by an intelligent and original screenplay, tight direction and awesome music score. The atmosphere is melancholic, and the dark colors are contrasted by the red of blood, hair dye and dress. My vote is eight.

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