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The Here After (2015)

Efterskalv (original title)
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When John returns home to his father after serving time in prison, he is looking forward to starting his life afresh. However, in the local community his crime is neither forgotten nor forgiven.

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Magnus von Horn

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Magnus von Horn
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Cast overview:
Ulrik Munther ... John
Mats Blomgren ... Martin
Ellen Jelinek Ellen Jelinek ... Bea
Loa Ek Loa Ek ... Malin
Felix Göransson Felix Göransson ... Korv-Hannes
Stefan Cronwall ... Grannen
Wieslaw Komasa ... Grandfather
Inger Nilsson ... Principal
Jan-Erik Olsson Jan-Erik Olsson ... Erik
Oliver Heilmann Oliver Heilmann ... Kim
Sven Ahlström Sven Ahlström ... Kim's Father
Pia Edlund ... Sickan
Rasmus Lindgren Rasmus Lindgren ... Robert
Cecilia Wilhelmsson Cecilia Wilhelmsson ... Gym teacher
Alexander Norgren Alexander Norgren ... Filip
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On returning home to his father and younger brother after serving time in prison, teenager John is looking forward to starting new life again. However, members of the local community can't forgive him killing his ex-girlfriend. John's presence brings out the worst in everyone around him and a lynch-mob atmosphere slowly takes shape. Feeling abandoned by his former friends and the people he loves, John loses hope and the same aggression that previously sent him to prison starts building up again. Unable to leave the past behind, he decides to confront it. Written by Anonymous

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Sweden | Poland | France

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Después de esto (The Here After) See more »

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Sweden

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2.35 : 1
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Inger Nilsson, who plays the headmistress, is the original Pippi Långstrump. See more »

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Det gör ont
Written by Orup (as Thomas 'Orup' Eriksson)
Performed by Felix Göransson
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The willingness to forgive
4 September 2016 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

The moral dilemma this film is about, is excellently summed up by a small piece of conversation, in one of the first scenes. Teenager John enters a classroom, and several students start protesting and walking out. Teacher: 'Everybody has a right to a second chance'. Student: 'Everybody has a right to live'. For the attentive viewer, at that moment it becomes clear that John might have committed a murder. Later on, several scenes help understanding what exactly happened. The film essentially is about forgiving, or more precise about the willingness to forgive. The interesting thing is that the viewer at first is inclined to sympathize with John, who seems to be the victim of ruthless rejection by the community. But later on, it becomes clear that in reality John is a hopeless case, a socially inept person who makes things impossible for everyone around him. Above all for his father, who also has to cope with John's younger brother and his stubborn grandfather.

Apart from posing a moral dilemma, the film also has an interesting father-son dimension. It shows how difficult it can be for a parent to love a child that has severe psychological problems. At times, the film reminded me of Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' and Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'. Both films explore the same theme, and 'The Here After' can easily stand next to them.

One very important element in the film is the camera work. It is done by Lukasz Zal, who also contributed to the stunning cinematography of the Polish film 'Ida'. The movie is mostly filmed by fixed cameras, and the image doesn't move even if the action sometimes shifts out of the camera frame. This gives the film something special, as if the awkward way the characters interact, is echoed by the immovable images.

By the way: I didn't quite understand the title 'The Here After', which I associate with life after death. Apparently, the original Swedish title 'Efterskalv' means 'Aftershock', for example in the context of an earthquake. It makes me wonder why the English title is so much different.


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