A librarian facing a mid-life crisis travels to Costa Rica.


Juan Feldman


Juan Feldman (story), Joel Silverman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Gay Harden ... Jane
Ron Canada ... Nelson
Yvette Thor ... Anne
Haydee Bisval Haydee Bisval ... Neighbor (as Haydee 'La Tia' Bisval)
Óscar Jaenada ... Juan Chapa (as Oscar Jaenada)
Huguette Urhausen Huguette Urhausen ... Library Patron in Los Angeles
Beatriz Rojas Cardenas Beatriz Rojas Cardenas ... Angela
Jenna Ortega ... Anna / Juan's daugther
Jackie Torres ... Carmen
Maria Bonilla Maria Bonilla ... Mrs. Rosas (as Maria Bonilla Picado)
Manolo Ruiz Manolo Ruiz ... Teodoro (as Manolo Ruiz Garcia)
Mauricio Astorga Mauricio Astorga ... Jorge
Pablo Cesar Rodriguez Pablo Cesar Rodriguez ... Diego
Diego Serrano Diego Serrano ... Zip Line Instructor
Alvaro Chavez Alvaro Chavez ... Zip Line Instructor


Jane, a librarian has lost her job and is suicidal decides to take a final wonderful trip to Costa Rica before swallowing a bottle of pills, Once there, she meets a younger man Juan, a vibrant tour guide who takes her to all the beautiful places, and becomes intrigued by her aloof intellectualism. He works hard to draw her out, to get her to embrace the Costa Rican motto, "Pura Vida," which means "pure life," but in a broader sense encompasses the national exuberance for living. She inspires him to read the first book he has ever read, and he encourages her to have some fun, relax, and loosen up for the first time in too many years. An unusual but lovely romantic relationship evolves. Written by Anyonymous

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Angela: Pura vida. Oh."pura vida" is what we say instead of "hello" or "goodbye." It means "pure living, pure life." Oh, that way please. Pura vida.
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A Film That Creeps Up On You
16 May 2017 | by Moviegoer19See all my reviews

I watched it yesterday and find myself thinking about it today. What a great little film. After reading the other reviews I realize what a superb actress Marcia Gay Harden is. I often have a strong reaction when I see her in films and now I understand that it's her performance that causes the reaction. I had thought that it's her, but it's not her as a person, it's the characters she's portraying, such as Jane in this film, Lee Krasner in Pollock, and others. She was so convincing as a depressed, reclusive introvert and then, even though the plot was predictable, it was delicious to watch. Oscar Jaenada playing the male lead was perfect as a total opposite from Harden's character. And then, the scenery: gorgeous! Ending the film with a quote from Ann Frank was unexpected and moving. I'd suggest if you or someone you know is depressed, watch After Words. And even if you're not.

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21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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After Words See more »

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Costa Rica

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2.35 : 1
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