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The Afterlight (2009)

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A young couple moves into an old schoolhouse on a desolate stretch of farm country. Hoping for a new beginning, their lives are instead drawn toward dark and unforeseen ends.

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A young couple moves into an old schoolhouse on a desolate stretch of farm country. Hoping for a new beginning, their lives are instead drawn toward dark and unforeseen ends.

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Calm before the eclipse...
3 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Afterlight rewards its viewers with a thoughtful, in-depth portrait of a couple unraveling. Sometimes running away from the city for the safety of upstate countryside isn't always the best call -- and Andrew (an always wonderful Mike Kelly) and Claire (Jicky Schnee) unfortunately figure that out the hard way.

Minimalist performances by Rip Torn and Ana Asensio alone make this film worth viewing.

Co-directors Macneill and Kaleina should be commended for their restraint. Hiring Mother Nature as their production designer was a smart call, focusing on the rusty calm of small town living. Punctuated with moments of quiet tension, one could almost view The Afterlight as what The Shining would've been like if it had been directed by Terrence Malick.


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