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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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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$108,229 (USA) (30 April 2010)
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The prop knife used by Anna (Christina Ricci) is the same one used by Alex (Glenn Close) in Fatal Attraction (1987). See more »

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When Paul takes the envelope from Anna's desk, it is face up and closed. As he brings it up for a closer look it is open with the pictures hanging out and face down. 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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What Are We Waiting For
Written and performed by Stacy Ann De Lima (BMI)
Published by Astonishing Music (BMI)
Provided by Crucial Music Corporation
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Memorable
17 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw After.Life over a week ago at AFI. Normally I don't add comments or even vote on IMDb (laziness being the main reason) but this film has stuck in my head more than any film I saw at AFI or AFM (or in fact any film I've seen in the last year).

On the surface it's a genre film and all the genre elements are there - it's scary, creepy and very chilling. But it's much more than that. It deconstructs the genre with both humor and respect. The director is obviously a genre fan, and shows respect for the genre conventions while poking gentle fun at it.

And as a genre piece it works extremely well. There's a forbidding menace hanging over every scene that gets deep under your skin. Liam Neeson as the Funeral Director is tremendous and makes the duality of the character very believable. Justin Long is also a revelation - he can do serious acting! But overall I think it's the message of the film that stays in your head. What does it mean to be dead? And most importantly, what does it mean to be alive?


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