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Hereafter (2010)

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A drama centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writer:

Peter Morgan
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cécile de France ... Marie Lelay
Thierry Neuvic ... Didier
Cyndi Mayo Cyndi Mayo ... Island Hotel Clerk (as Cyndi Mayo Davis)
Lisa Griffiths Lisa Griffiths ... Stall Owner
Jessica Griffiths Jessica Griffiths ... Island Girl
Ferguson Reid Ferguson Reid ... Rescuer
Derek Sakakura Derek Sakakura ... Rescuer
Jay Mohr ... Billy
Richard Kind ... Christos
Matt Damon ... George Lonegan
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Photographer
Frankie McLaren ... Marcus / Jason
George McLaren ... Marcus / Jason
Lyndsey Marshal ... Jackie
Rebekah Staton ... Social Worker
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Storyline

A drama centered on three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (identical twins Frankie McLaren and George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might-or must-exist in the hereafter. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Taglines:

Touched by death. Changed by life.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más allá de la vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Maui, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,322, 17 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,746,941

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,197,635
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon's second film together. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in early 2005, but Marie claims François Mitterrand died over ten years ago. In fact, Mitterrand died in January 1996. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rousseau: You know, as a scientist and atheist my mind was closed to such things. Oh, absolutely. Afterlife, near-death experiences Like everyone else, I thought people saw bright lights, Eden-like gardens and so forth because they were culturally conditioned to do so. But after 25 years in a hospice working with people, many of whom were pronounced dead but then miraculously survived. the account of what they actually experienced were so strikingly similar it couldn't just be coincidence. And add to ...
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Crazy Credits

The mid 80s-late 90's Warner Bros. shield is used and is in black and white at the beginning of the movie, and at the end of the credits, the same Warner Bros. Shield is used alongside the Amblin logo, also in black-and-white. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.16 (2010) See more »

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La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée
(1875)
from "Carmen"
Written by Georges Bizet
Performed by Marcello Giordani
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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An appropriately thoughtful piece
15 August 2011 | by tangent272-88-688605See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood likes to make his films slow paced and this can be annoying at times. In my opinion Sands of Iwo Jima was boring and Grand Torino was overly sentimental but with Hereafter he was the right man for the job. The pacing is perfect with the story unfolding in just the right way, eliciting just the right emotions at just the right time (the opening scene is genuinely terrifying) and giving us enough time to think and absorb without ever boring us.

As for Matt Damon, this is a masterpiece. There are so many depths and subtleties to this role and Mr Damon gets it all. George Lonegan is a creepy haunted loner with poor social skills, not in spite of but *because* he's a big hearted person who cares too much. And Damon *gets* that, and shows it, you can see it in every frame of the movie, even when he's not moving a muscle. I know this movie won't be for everyone but this performance is one of the greats, a real tour de force of subtlety.

Lastly, the writing, the story is something not seen often enough these days, a thoughtful movie about a complex and emotive subject that doesn't treat the audience like idiots. There are a lot of questions unanswered here, and that's alright, there should be. This movie isn't about answers or some kind of payoff, it's about guiding the viewer through the story's of three people with very interesting perspectives so that we can all feel our way though it together. I love that the writers trust us to do that and don't try to force feed us a "message" or a moral.

A great thoughtful film about a difficult subject that will leave you feeling good, as long as you're not expecting to be spoon fed.


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