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Hereafter (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 22 October 2010 (USA)
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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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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

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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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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:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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The movie was pulled from theaters in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit in March 2011. See more »

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After George speaks to the receptionist at the hotel where Marie is staying, the receptionist resumes typing. However, nothing moves or changes on her computer monitor, which is in full view to the audience. 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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Slow Pace- with unfulfilling and ambiguous story
22 October 2010 | by patricjmillerSee all my reviews

The pacing of this film did not bother me. Of course, I am over 50, so I can actually sit still through a slower paced storyline that includes a number of different characters, without something blowing up, or someone getting undressed to keep my attention.

What did bother me, perhaps comes from a unique view from others reviewing the film. As one who has experienced an NDE, I was disappointed with both the flimsy, and undeveloped view of the female lead's experience, and the ambiguous way in which her story unfolded.

On one hand, we have a character whose NDE was so life-altering, as to divert her from her primary job as a political reporter, into someone who writes a book extolling the difficulty in revealing the truth in the modern media world about the validity of the NDE experience. The dust jacket on her book, as well as casual references to her research, talk about all of the expert testimony that support the overwhelming facts about NDE experiences, and the correlation between science and the afterlife. And then…the movie tells us nothing.

The script (or perhaps what was left after Eastwood edited the script) simply glosses over anything substantial in the way of research, except to talk about a Nobel laureate who was ridiculed after revealing his research. One line...out of over two and a half hours of script.

The question to me, is why start the conversation, if you aren't going to offer even a small slice of the answers? The research is voluminous. Those of us who have experienced an NDE know that it is far more than a chemical reaction to the body starting to shut down. Much more.

But, all we are left with in this movie, is a lead character who doesn't want to acknowledge his gift, even in the face of those around him who believe in a "hereafter," more than he does.

Anyone who has experienced an NDE will find this movie sadly unfulfilling. But perhaps, it will bring many more of us to admit to what happened, and start a much more meaningful dialogue about the facts.

As a few of the younger reviewers mentioned, a vast majority of the audience was over 50. No doubt many of those there were looking for answers about the "aferlife," for one reason or another.

It would have been a great chance to tell the world something substantial. But in the end the movie was a nice idea, with slow execution...and painfully unfulfilling.


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