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After Darkness (1985)

To salve his guilty conscience, an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt, and tries to bring him back to mental competency ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Peter
Julian Sands ... Laurence
Victoria Abril ... Pascale
Pamela Salem ... Elisabeth
Gerd Heinz Gerd Heinz ... Care-taker
Lise Ramu Lise Ramu ... Wife Care-taker
William Jacques William Jacques ... Dr. Coles
Jacqueline Moore Jacqueline Moore ... Mother Children
Philippe Herzog Philippe Herzog ... Laurence Child
Michael Herzog Michael Herzog ... Jan Child (as Michel Herzog)
Peter Kristen Peter Kristen ... Peter Child
Nirmalu López-Bravo Nirmalu López-Bravo ... Medium
Alexandra Cuypers Alexandra Cuypers ... Sara
Soledad Aizpurua Soledad Aizpurua ... Interpreter (as Sole Aizpurua)
Anne-Marie Delbart Anne-Marie Delbart ... Helen
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To salve his guilty conscience, an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt, and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on one contact. Free of the institution, he continues to be haunted by dreams of a lost twin, and chants the eerie phrase "Do I stand before the King?" It is the elder brother that seems doomed to lose himself in his brother's insanity. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1985 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Después de la oscuridad See more »

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Mono

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Genetic Insanity
3 January 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the third attempt of suicide of Laurence (Julian Sands), his older brother Peter (John Hurt) decides to take him out of the mental institution and take care of him. Peter rents an old apartment in an empty building and leaves his wife and daughter to take care of his brother. Laurence is an insecure man that is haunted by the death of his twin brother Jan that drowned in soft sand on the beach. Peter controls and studies Laurence but when the filmmaker Pascale (Victoria Abril) meets Laurence, he seems to improve his mental condition affecting Peter.

"After Darkness" is a weird and gloomy film with a story of madness. The dark cinematography keeps an eerie atmosphere along the story. However the plot is confused with open end and the sentence "Do I stand before the king?" does not seem to have any special meaning. The performances of John Hurt and Julian Sands are the best to see in this low-budget film. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Depois da Escuridão" ("After Darkness")


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