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After (2014)

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A story centered around the Valentinos, a struggling family whose delicate balance is threatened by a carefully concealed secret that, if revealed, will change their lives forever.

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Pieter Gaspersz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Nora Valentino
John Doman ... Mitch Valentino
Pablo Schreiber ... Christian Valentino
Sabrina Gennarino ... Maxine Valentino
Adam Scarimbolo ... Nicky Valentino
Diane Neal ... Kat
Darrin Dewitt Henson ... Andy
Bruno Gunn ... Elliott
Mandy Gonzalez ... Molly Valentino
Kim Estes ... Brian Blaylock
Joseph Ferrante ... Peter Kilborn
Tracy Howe ... Jack Miller
David Goryl ... Eddie (as Dave Goryl)
Whit Washing ... Brad
Alexi Maggio Alexi Maggio ... Samantha Valentino
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Set in the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, AFTER tells the story of a middle class family struggling with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries. But, what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance-- and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch, (played by Academy Award-nominee, Kathleen Quinlan)-- is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. A searing study of denial, deception, and self-delusion, AFTER is also a powerful portrait of the lengths we go to protect those we love. Written by Anonymous

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How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

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Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Secret See more »

Filming Locations:

Rochester, New York, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Shot on Kodak 35mm film. This was the first film ever to be completely developed and processed at Kodak's main Rochester, NY headquarters. See more »

Soundtracks

Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Performed by Tommy Brunett
Written by Bob Dylan
Publisher: After the Film, LLC / Pieter Gaspersz
Courtesy of Ram's Horn Music
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Don't Tell Mom
13 August 2014 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Family dynamics often make for entertaining movie fodder. The possibilities are endless and source material is in full supply, given that most of us have enough stories to write our own book! This latest from director Pieter Gaspersz drops us right in the middle of the Valentino family, and all the bickering, conflicts and secrets that any one family can generate.

The script is from Gaspersz' wife, Sabrina Gennarino, who also stars as daughter Maxine, one of the key characters in the film. You will probably recognize her along with many of the other actors who make up the family, though you may not recall all the names. Kathleen Quinlan plays the mother, and it doesn't take us long to realize everyone is tiptoeing around her - we just aren't sure why. Her husband is played by John Doman, and he is the most difficult character to connect with because he coddles his wife and basically ignores his (grown) kids ... even Christian (an underrated Pablo Schreiber), the son who has taken over the family stone business. Adam Scarimbolo plays Niky, the family screw-up (well, one of them anyway). Niky is lost in life, and it's obvious the conflict with his dad must be resolved before he can really grow up. Aunt Kat (the mom's sister played by Diane Neal) is apparently around to help out, but she spends most every day chugging booze.

While it may sound like an impossible family to understand, there are moments that strike an emotional chord and make the film quite watchable. There is some choppiness in the presentation, but it's beautifully filmed by Jonathan Hall, and pretty solidly acted by the entire cast. The themes of loss, grief, deception, and family (mis)communication are sometimes far-fetched, and other times spot on. The father's concern about "protection" for his daughter comes across as a bit awkward, until the big reveal towards the end. At that point, we all understand what he means by protection and why he had his doubts about her fiancé (played by Darrin Dewitt Henson). Until the reveal, there are times it plays like an extended episode of TV's "Parenthood", but in the end, the puzzle is mostly complete and the payoff is satisfactory.


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