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Hereafter (2010)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  22 October 2010 (USA)
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A drama centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways.

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Storyline

A drama centered on three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George (Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might-or must-exist in the hereafter. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Touched by death. Changed by life.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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22 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Más allá de la vida  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£601,728 (UK) (28 January 2011)

Gross:

£1,151,807 (UK) (4 February 2011)
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Trivia

Filming shut down for a month in December 2009, as Matt Damon was filming The Adjustment Bureau (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Marie visits the hospice to get the information on near-death experiences, the wallpaper on the receptionist's computer shows a Windows 7 image (icebergs on the shore) rather than one from Windows XP, which one would expect for a movie set in 2005. See more »

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George Lonegan: Sometimes, I mean you know, knowing everything about someone, it seems nice, but really, maybe it's better to hold stuff back.
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La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée
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Performed by Marcello Giordani
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Death and Clint Eastwood
2 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hereafter is a slow, quiet study on the effect that death and the dearly departed have on the living. 

It's not really a ghost story or even a very supernatural movie. The three main characters each have felt death's power in different ways in their life. George (Matt Damon), a man who can contact the deceased, has fled from his abilities because they keep him from having a normal life. Marie (Cecile de France) is a journalist who has a near-death experience during a tsunami, and becomes consumed with understanding what she saw. And in London, a young British boy is desperate to contact a lost family member one last time. 

The three separate stories do eventually connect, but that's not really where the value of Hereafter lies. I can see this film being a source of frustration for some viewers eager for a traditional conflict and resolution or character arc, but those things aren't really Eastwood's priority.The movie doesn't have much of a "point", other than how death is such an important part of all of our lives, even as it's also probably the most mysterious. 

I liked it, but I'm hesitant in recommending it. Slow-paced movies like these need the right audience. It's fairly different from Eastwood's other movies, and I wouldn't mind seeing him tackle something like this, again.   


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