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After.Life (2009)

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After a car accident, a young woman who is caught between life and death, meets a funeral director who appears 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 Sam Kressner ... Acne Kid
Doan Ly ... Teacher #1
Jack Rovello ... Tall Kid
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Old Woman #1
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2010 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

After Life See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,946, 11 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,229, 30 April 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,606,395, 14 August 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The prop knife used by Anna (Christina Ricci), is the same one used by Alex (Glenn Close) in Fatal Attraction (1987). See more »

Goofs

(at around 16 mins) When Anna is lying down on the mortician's table as he takes her black dress off she is wearing black stockings but when he sets it down, on the next scene, her legs are naked. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by Julie McBride
Recorded at Clubhouse
Played near the end, when Deacon puts it on while sitting in his car
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After.Life - there is a clue in the title
7 August 2010 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

AFTER.LIFE (yes, that is a dot between the two words suggesting this may be a video game...or blog, or something created in cyberspace) takes a long shot; can a one-line story keep an audience's attention for over 103 minutes? Not having noticed whether this played in theaters or is one of the direct to DVD films, that question is tough to answer. The director and writer Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo (writing in tandem with Paul Vosloo and Jakub Korolczuk) asks us to suspend belief and muse about the idea that there is a time between 'death' and the actual burial (or other means of final interment/disposal) when the spirit may struggle with the idea of life ending. It is an interesting hiatus to study and fortunately a cast was selected to portray the characters involved in this internet-like game that makes it watchable.

Schoolteacher Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) and Paul Coleman (Justin Long) are in a rocky relationship: they could be headed toward marriage but Anna has trust issues that prevent her from committing to same. In a rage she leaves the frustrated Coleman, subsequently is killed in a car accident, and is taken to a mortuary where mortician Elliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) begins preparing her body for the funeral. Anna is unable to move anything but her mouth and denies that she is dead, a situation Deacon encounters with most every dead body he prepares for burial. And this is where the conundrum begins: is Anna dead or is she alive, kept prisoner by Deacon? Anna's hateful mother (Celia Watson) visits her daughter's corpse and has few kind words to say. Paul is devastated, comforted by his colleague Tom (Josh Charles), that Anna is dead and visits the mortuary to see the body but is refused admittance by Deacon. One of Anna's young students Jack (Chandler Canterbury) seems to have a special affinity for the dead and spies on the mortuary where he sees Anna standing in a window. Anna and Deacon have long talks about the after.life - that time when the soul is preparing to leave the corporal body - and Deacon continues to prepare Anna for her funeral. As she is buried the facts of the story straighten out a bit, but to reveal those facts would ruin what little suspense there is in this film.

Though the moody atmosphere is well captured by both the director of photography Anastas N. Michos and the musical score by Paul Haslinger, and the presence of Liam Neeson who plays his role very straight and Christina Ricci who plays her role almost entirely in the nude, give the story the requisite creepy effect. Yes, it is corny in many ways, but at least it is a bit different from the formula movies that keep churning out of Hollywood.

Grady Harp


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