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After.Life (2009)

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After a car accident, a young woman caught between life and death meets a funeral director who claims to have the gift of transitioning the dead into the afterlife.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Anna Taylor
Liam Neeson ... Eliot Deacon
Justin Long ... Paul Coleman
Chandler Canterbury ... Jack
Celia Weston ... Beatrice Taylor
Luz Alexandra Ramos Luz Alexandra Ramos ... Diane (as Luz Ramos)
Josh Charles ... Tom Peterson
Rosemary Murphy ... Mrs. Whitehall
Malachy McCourt ... Father Graham
Shuler Hensley ... Vincent Miller
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Hutton
Sam Kressner ... Acne Kid
Doan Ly ... Teacher #1
Jack Rovello ... Tall Kid
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Old Woman #1


After a horrific car accident, Anna (Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Neeson) preparing her for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn't believe she's dead, despite the funeral director's reassurances she's 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's forced to accept her own death. But Anna's grief-stricken boyfriend Paul (Long) can't shake the suspicion that Eliot isn't what he appears to be. Written by Anchor Bay Films

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Life is the symptom. Death is the cure. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Interestingly, the part of Jack was meant to be played by Hayley Joel Osmond but he wasn't available due to his voice over commitments with Kingdom Hearts. Instead the role went to Pauline Quirke. See more »


Eliot shoots his victims with a folding packfilm Polaroid, yet the pictures in his wall are integral 600 film - fake 600 integral film. 600 film is black on the back, and when he is looking at Anna's picture the back of the picture is white. See more »


[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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Stuff doesn't make any sense sometimes, but still a good psychological thriller horror flick
12 October 2010 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

For the most part this is a cleverly crafted film which makes the audience think back and forth cause it can go both ways. Well at least half the film makes you keep thinking of what is really going on, than it leads the audience to decide and throws another reason for the audience to doubt their decision. The plot is this, a stupid girl played by Christina Ricci who is a school teacher gets into a accident. Which leads her body to be in a process of being prepared for her funeral and the person that takes care of her body to look presentable during the funeral is played by Liam Neeson who does a great job with the roles he is given most of the time. While this is going on her boyfriend is trying to seek out her body in order for him to get closure, because he personally thinks she is still alive. Christina Ricci wasn't bad in this role, but I never liked her or found her attractive and found her acting all cocky most of the time to be a bit annoying. But she played her character pretty well in this one although very stupid at times. The main highlight of this film is the constant guessing game, where it leaves it up to the audience for the most part of the movie. Of whether the girl is really dead or if the whole thing is just a sick game. The ending is pretty good and terrifying as well. Sure there are aspect of the film that doesn't make any sense, but it didn't get to the point it got irritating to watch for the most part.

***Spoilers below*** The title to this movie is misleading in a way. And I found it odd how there are hardly and emos or goths in this flick considering the ending and all. This could have also been another "Saw" movie with less blood and gore, but with the title "Saw" it's a dead give away of what is really going on.


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Release Date:

16 December 2009 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,946, 11 April 2010

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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