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Afterwards (2008)

Nathan, a brilliant New York lawyer who leads a life of professional success, but his private life is pretty dismal since he divorced Claire, his only love. Until he meets Doctor Kay, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Gilles Bourdos

Writers:

Michel Spinosa (screenplay), Gilles Bourdos (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Nathan
John Malkovich ... Kay
Evangeline Lilly ... Claire
Pascale Bussières ... Anna
Sara Waisglass ... Tracey
Reece Thompson ... Jeremy (as Reece Daniel Thompson)
Bruno Verdoni ... Doctor
Joan Gregson ... Mother in Law
Mark Camacho ... Lawyer
Robin Wilcock ... Lawyer
Edward Yankie Edward Yankie ... Lawyer
Carlo Mestroni ... Lawyer
Glenda Braganza ... Rachel
Leni Parker Leni Parker ... Admission Clerk
Henri Pardo Henri Pardo ... Haitian Spokesman
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Storyline

Nathan, a brilliant New York lawyer who leads a life of professional success, but his private life is pretty dismal since he divorced Claire, his only love. Until he meets Doctor Kay, a mysterious doctor who introduces himself as a "Messenger." He claims that he can sense when certain people are about to die, and that he is sent to help them put their life in order before it's too late. Nathan doesn't believe a word of this, but soon afterwards he witnesses some disconcerting scenes which seem to confirm the doctor's claims. Written by anonymous

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | France | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 January 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Depois de Partir See more »

Filming Locations:

Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€825,672 (France), 18 January 2009, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the crew had already worked with director/co-writer Gilles Bourdos on other films, such as co-writer Michel Spinosa, a collaborator of Bourdos' ever since the start of his career, and cinematographer Ping Bin Lee who served the same duties on A Sight for Sore Eyes (2003). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Nathan approaches an ambulance from behind, his feet are reflected in the shiny metal at the bottom of the vehicle's rear doors. Also reflected are the feet of the cameraman following him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tracey: [beckoning] Swannie... Come over here... Come to me... Nice, swan.
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits music, you hear an ambulance winding through traffic. See more »

Soundtracks

Someday Baby
Performed by R.L. Burnside
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A Direct Atom Egoyan Descendant... Ultimately Overwrought.
18 February 2010 | by rpmmurphySee all my reviews

A carefully constructed and beautifully photographed film. Very successfully and thoughtfully utilizes diverse North American locations- from rustic summertime Quebec to New York City to White Sands, New Mexico and SW environs.

Features classic Atom Egoyan narrative/plot/hook structure: that keeps you "learning" -up to the final frames- just what you have been watching.

But...... the film is so thick- both thematically and with its sumptuous imagery- that by the time you get there (the end)- the reasonable 1hr45 screening time seems about 30min past due. You are worn out as if you've been force fed a fine cheese cake. Less would definitely be more.

Also... the film comes so close to Egoyan as to practically- and I believe at one point actually- lift some lines directly from THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997): "...Someone didn't do his job... There is no mystery..." - although here, the character's arc carries him beyond being imprisoned by this thinking.

Overall: good, meaningful, thought provoking, flawed- underrated by the IMDb score.


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