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Keira Knightley
Kirpianuscus20 March 2020
She is the basic motif for see the film. Not the story , having good premises but bad end, not the atmosthere- except the winner takes all in new light-, not the story of lost and love . But only Keira Knightley because is so easy to discover the role as part of herself. Almost a sort of routine And precise exploration of nuances. That is all !
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Miserable And Afraid
boblipton28 August 2021
Colonel Jason Clarke moves with wife, Keira Knightley to Hamburg after the Second World War to work in the reconstruction of the city. Problems include the devastation, the Night Wolves who work to overthrow the Allied victory, and their dead marriage; their son died at 11 during the War, and Clarke did not come back for the funeral. Now they are living in a mansion with the owners, and Miss Knightley begins an affair with the man of the house.

It's an adventure story, of long periods of nothing happening, punctuated by chaos. Beautifully shot and performed, I found the periods of dullness, particularly in the scenes between Clarke and Miss Knightley, overwhelm the excitement. Like many works based on novels in the vein of Henry James, I find myself appalled at the cowardice of people being miserable and unwilling to do anything about it, and when they finally do, it seems futile.
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None of this is how it is supposed to be.
nogodnomasters26 June 2019
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N late 1945 Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) leaves London to join her Colonel husband (Jason Clarke) as the British occupy and rebuild Hamburg. They take over the house of an architect who lost a wife during the bombing. The Morgans likewise lost a son. Mr. Morgan is away a lot and didn't cry enough when their son died and it doesn't take much to read the tea leaves.

Keira Knightley gave an Oscar performance in a less than Oscar-worthy film. The background story was interesting that went nowhere. You were rooting for the "Disney" ending, yet it was so bland.

Guide: sex and nudity (Keira Knightley or double)
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"I should never have brought you here."
classicsoncall14 September 2020
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Effective drama of relationships tainted by loss, leading to passion and betrayal. I didn't care for Jason Clarke in the role of Lewis Morgan, he didn't appear to be a good match for wife Rachael, portrayed by Keira Knightley, who looked more stunning here than in other recent pictures I've seen her in. Which goes a long way to explain the affair between herself and German Stephen Lubert (Alexander Skarsgård). The post-war reconstruction scenes of Hamburg were credibly filmed, with holdovers from the defeated Nazi regime attempting to hang on by a thread. I would not have expected Rachael's reversal at the end of the story given all that went before, her marriage felt irreparable by that point. The finale forced Lubert to accept his fate much like Bogart in "Casablanca", only this time, with the guy on the train leaving the station.,
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A romantic drama
Gordon-1111 July 2019
This film tells the story of a general and his wife in post war Germany.

It starts off somewhat bleak, given the historical context. As the story progresses, it shows how humanity shines even in dark places. I like this romantic drama.
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looks the part, but
ferguson-629 March 2019
Greetings again from the darkness. It's 1945 on the heels of the Allied forces victory in WWII. British officer Lewis Morgan is charged with overseeing the military's role in beginning the process of returning a sense of normalcy back to Hamburg (and assisting with hunting Nazi loyalists). He is joined there by his wife Rachel, and they are to occupy a beautiful mansion that has been "requisitioned" from a German architect and his daughter. Captain Morgan makes the unusual offer of having the man and his daughter remain in the house, rather than relocate to one of the dreadful camps, where food and privacy is scarce. Here's a tip gentlemen: never invite Alexander Skarsgard to live in the same house as your significant other.

Captain Morgan is played by Jason Clarke, and his wife Rachel by Keira Knightley. The aforementioned Skarsgard is Stephen Lubert, and Flora Thieman plays Freda, his rebellious teenage daughter. On her train ride in, Rachel hears a young girl discussing the rule of "no fraternizing" with the German people. Of course, we know (even if Rachel doesn't know yet) that it's not the little girl who is going to break this rule. An awkward reunion for Morgan and his wife indicates something is amiss. We soon learn that their young son was killed 4 years prior in a bombing - a hardship they share with Mr. Lubert, whose wife was also killed during the war. Clearly the loss of her son still impacts Rachel to the point that she rarely finds a moment of happiness.

If this was a "Seinfeld" episode, this is where 'yada, yada, yada' would be inserted, letting us know that a tryst between Lubert and Rachel occurs while husband Morgan is out on duty, and that romp brings her instantly back to life ... with smiles and piano playing. This little lovefest is contrasted with the rubble of Hamburg. The city is literally in ruins. The visuals are impressive, but we never get a feel for the challenge of rebuilding infrastructure and lives. Instead, we get more forbidden love.

Director James Kent is known mostly for his TV work, and the film is based on the novel by Rhidian Brook, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. It would be a mistake to assume, given the outstanding three lead actors, that this is a prestigious WWII drama. An accurate description would be 'soap opera.' The set design, costumes, and cast are first rate, but the direction, script, and editing scream soap opera. I believe my final count was 12. That's 12 shots of someone gazing out of a window ... train windows, car windows, house windows, bus windows ... every window gets its shot of winsome gazing. It's best you know going in to expect a soap opera ... not that there's anything wrong with that.
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If you don't mind it's predictable then it's an okay watch
phd_travel15 March 2019
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If you accept this is a predictable old fashioned story which apart from the brief nudity could have been a 1950s drama, its an okay watch. Also this isn't much of a war movie so much as a movie about an affair with a backdrop of war damaged Hamburg and grieving for lost loved ones. No exciting battles just a few terrorist like attacks due to the German resentment for occupying forces. The CGI destroyed Hamburg is alright. Liked the house where they stay too. Very stately and attractive. Kiera is alright and looks good in the dresses of the time. It's so obvious when she has a husband played by less attractive actor like Jason Clarke, there is going to be a romance with the German staying in the attic. Alexander Skarsgaard doesn't act or speak too German maybe that's good - a bad fake accent is worse than no accent. Liked the part where he told the British soldier not too bang on his piano. The main elements of the movie is about when they are going to do it and then whether they will be caught. The occupying forces seem to have lots of parties. In a way predictable is okay at least there wasn't an irritating tragic death.
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Love lingers longer
gradyharp10 August 2019
James Kent directs this adaptation of Rhidian Brook's boo THE AFTERMATH and manages to add sensitive dimensions to this WW II romance. The excellent cinematography by Franz Lustig heightens the drama as well as remind us of the utter destruction Germany suffered as the war ended, both in devastation of buildings and of lives.

The story takes place in Hamburg, Germany in 1946 as the Allied Forces struggle to deal with the homeless people and the remaining anti-western sentiment. Rachel Morgan (Keira Knightley) joins her husband Lewis Morgan (Jason Clarke) after their son is destroyed during the London blitz. They 'share' a stately mansion owned by architect widower Stephen Lubert (Alexander Skarsgård) who agrees to have the British citizens move into his home he shares with his daughter Freda (Flora Thiemann) and their minimal serving staff. Lewis struggles with the cruelty of war damaged youths and men and women, always dedicated to his military job. Rachel feels isolated, still grieving for her lost son, and gradually finds consolation in the arms of Lubert. Friction between the Germans and Brits continues, involving Freda and her Nazi boyfriend, and in time Rachel and Freda and Lubert grow close and they plan to leave Hamburg. Lewis discovers their plan and is devastated - the loss of his son weighs heavily on him and Rachel's decision to leave him is critical. At the train station there is a change of commitment and the story ends on an unexpected note.

The cast is strong, the passion is palpable, and the visual effects of the decimated Hamburg and its citizens are achingly real. The way war affects us is the overall message - one that is wise to heed. This is a film worth experiencing.
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War and Remembrance
lavatch27 June 2019
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In the bonus track of the DVD of "The Aftermath," director James Kent described his goal of evoking the "1945 cataclysmic episode in the twentieth century" in the horrors of the Second World War. The filmmaker wanted to recreate viscerally the devastation of a "war Armageddon." Without a doubt, he succeeded in his goals.

The bonus track of the DVD identified the film's true story, based upon a book of the same name, about an English military officer overseeing the very start of the rebuilding of Germany following the war. But the structure of the film drew upon more conventional approaches to World War II, especially the famous miniseries "War and Remembrance," which unfolds a romantic drama under the backdrop of the war.

The love triangle involves the British colonel Lewis Morgan, his wife Rachael, and a German architect, Stephen Lubert. Lewis and Rachael occupy Stephen's majestic home in the port city of Hamburg connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. The film depicted the stunning contrast between the city of Hamburg reduced to rubble and the opulence of Stephen's mansion, Rachael's wardrobe, and the lavish celebrations that are thrown for the victors.

A subplot unfolds with the young Nazi soldiers of the 88th infantry. The double "8" stood for the eighth letter of the alphabet and represented the expression "Heil Hitler." A young man named Albert, who starts a relationship with Stephen's daughter Frieda, plots a terrorist attack on the British occupying forces.

It would be difficult to imagine a stronger contrast of characters than the stolid and reserved colonel and the architect with a refined aesthetic taste for Mies van de Rohe's Bauhaus style of the rejection of unnecessary adornment or the Austrian landscape painter Johann Joseph Eugene von Guérard. The cultured Stephen clearly appeals to Rachael, who sits at his piano and plays Debussy's "Clair de Lune" or the Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler torch song, "Stormy Weather."

It does not take long for the major background to be revealed that haunts the three characters. During the war, Rachel and Lewis lost their young son during the Nazi bombing of England. In turn, Stephen's wife died in the allied bombing of Hamburg. The stiff-upper-lipped Lewis has withdrawn from Rachael and obsessed on the war in order to cope with the loss of his son. Rachael and Stephen are drawn to each other with their shared grief.

While the film's ending may have been melodramatic, the exceptional cinematography and the powerful depiction of the traumatic civilian casualties during the war made "The Aftermath" a haunting and unforgettable film experience.
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A failed attempt to capture the human aspect of the aftermath of WW2
siderite16 June 2019
Colonel's wife Rachel comes to a nice German house, requisitioned by Her Majesty's government for said Colonel, where she has to live together with the German owner and his teenage daughter. There is a lot of baggage there, as both families have lost somebody in bombings, there is the tension of the British occupation of the city to which the Colonel is temporary governor while people are still being found underneath the rubble and, as military people do, the British Colonel just won't acknowledge his feelings of guilt and hurt at his son's death. So what is a girl to do? Have an affair, of course.

The story might have worked, perhaps it did in the book, but in the film there absolutely no character development. People just act in a certain way to further the plot, but there is no reason for them to do so. There are lots of incongruities related to when are people at work or school and when they can stay at home enjoying nice wine and the occasional screw. The ending, the most powerful moment of the story, is also completely predictable and loses its force when you realize the big decision should have been the same regardless of circumstances. It is just impossible to care about most of the people in this two hour film. How someone managed to neglect characterization in a movie so long is beyond me.

Bottom line: this is a weak movie with a great cast. Surprisingly, I felt Jason Clarke did a better job than Knightley and Skarsgård combined.
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An early-spring treat that entertains without being a classic.
jdesando2 April 2019
"We dropped more bombs in Hamburg on one weekend than fell on London in the whole of the war." Col. Morgan (Jason Clarke)

WW II was unkind to all. Five months into the 1945 allied occupation of Germany, The Aftermath, based on the book by Rhidian Brook and set in Hamburg, chronicles another war that never ends: the love triangle. Facing off are Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) in the middle; her husband, Colonel Morgan, on one side; and the hunky German resident of their home, Stephen Lubert (Alexander Skarsgard), on the other.

Daily and weekly preoccupation with German rebel groups and the challenges of de-Nazification rebuilding, Lewis lets his lonely, grieving wife (she lost a son in the blitz) fall into Lubert's sculpted arms. So gently does director James Kent let her fall, that her infidelity seems almost acceptable, given the tattered life of post-war Germany.

Too much of this dark romance centers on the lovers kissing and hugging rather than helping the wounded and the stunned reacclimate themselves. The tension builds from the Nazis' nightmare-like presence and questions about Lubert's sympathies during the war. Although the colonel must face his wife's infidelity, his character reminds us of the divided responsibilities and further complications when one must deal with infidelity as well as war's aftermath.

Tragi-romantic and historic- The Aftermath comes at a good time of year for a quiet reflection on loyalty, love, and duty. Besides the visually stunning estate, picturesque snow, and immaculate automobiles, the leads are handsome and smart, making up for the lack of originality in the triangle (Knightley's gold evening dress alone is stunning).

Formulaic though it is, it still engages because the longing to be desired and belong is timeless and universal.
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Too Contrived
westsideschl16 July 2019
My DVD had subtitles so not sure how so many people had problems with that aspect. As to the story it seemed really contrived, artificial as if "lets have one of these & one of those ..." Dysfunctional marriage in British husband & wife occupying a German architect's home in just post war Germany. They lost their young son in German bombing of London so guilt affects mom/dad unity. German architect also dealing with a loss of wife from British bombing, and has young daughter (coincidentally about the same age as our British couples lost son) who also has issues. So lots of subplots as the two groups figure out how to live w/each other in one house. It felt predictable, not real, like watching a pre-programmed chess match. Seems like I've seen the predictable ending a thousand times. Acting was acting-like.
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A really enjoyable movie
85122224 June 2019
Greetings from Lithuania.

While "The Aftermath" (2019) doesn't come close to "The English Patient" or other great movies about love and grief during / post World Wars, i really enjoyed it for what it was. It had surprisingly good story, superb acting by all 3 involved ans especially Keira. Settings were great - this movie just FELT like an good old fashioned movie - hope you know what i mean. And the ending was very surprising - after some revelations happened near the end i kinda thought i knew were was it going, but i was wrong and the movie surprised me.

Overall, while "The Aftermath" is not without its flaws, it is surely a good cinema - it has everything the one needs.
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a well known patterned drama
ops-5253512 June 2019
Its the busy husband, the lady of the house home alone longing and wishing, they rent the top floor to a man and his daughter, the tennant used to own the house but due to circumstances, he is alllowed to stay in the loft., their needs and cravings becomes unbearable for both of them, him due to loss of wife, she due to a husbands everlasting absence due to heavy loads of work. the infidelity happens, and the bond becomes heavy and strong. her husband finds out the affair eventually, and nothing is kept hidden away, and the whole relationship is unfolded.

well that was a short resyme without telling when,where or what. mrs knightley, does some heartbreaking scenes inbetween, but for the rest its acting on average. the filmography are at moments enchanting, but slips through here and there. the cgi and vfx used are good but not great, the details are missing in the visuals here and there.

its a sad love story from a sad era of european history. so if you love broken love stories, do watch, otherwise its not much left to see for the war monger thinks the grumpy old man
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Tedious romantic drama that is predictable and dull.
cruise0127 June 2019
The Aftermath (2.5 out of 5 stars).

The Aftermath follows post WWII British Colonel Lewis (Jason Clarke) and his wife Rachel (Keira Knightley) moving into an estate in Hamburg with Stephen (Alexander Skarsgard) and his teenage daughter. During the reconstruction of their own home after it was torn from the aftermath of war. It was a good powerful plot. That puts a British soldier who is trying to put his life together. Lewis and his wife have been struggling with some powerful loss cause of the war. Rachel being hesitant on living with a German Stephen. Which Stephen also suffered from some loss as well. Meanwhile, his teenage daughter comes across an underground rebellion who are still supporting Hitler after his death.

The film does suffer from an uneven direction. It can be kind of dull and tedious. The uneven love story felt forced and rushed with Lewis going away for work. Leaving Rachel and Stephen in a home alone together. Which they both predictably fall in love with each other. They both camp out in a cabin together. And plan for a future to leave the country to go elsewhere. All this felt like it was done in a couple of days with them falling in love. Lewis is trying to stop the rest of the rebellion and protesting about the British and other allies living with the Germans.

Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, and Alexander Skarsgard performances were flat out dull. The script did not really give them much to work with. The story could have been powerful but it was forced with a predictable love story.

Overall, The Aftermath is a pretty bad film. Great ideas to explore post war in that era. The direction, script, acting, and tone of the film was all over the place and uneven.
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The Aftermath lacks passion and romanticism within its illicit love triangle.
TheMovieDiorama15 March 2019
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Certainly with every WWII film I review, I consistently state how saturated the genre is. Well, that's because it is. Every year we see four or five released, with many fairly formulaic. Whilst this bolsters a clichéd theme of betrayal and lust, it does however utilise its war-torn environment to encapsulate the struggles of both British forces and German civilians. After their arrival in the ruins of Hamburg, a British couple are forced to share a grand house with its previous owners who are German.

Acting as a microcosm for the conflict of interest against the two oppositions, the house is quickly divided into zones so that they don't interfere with each other. The colonel's absence only leads to his wife's longing for love, essentially turning enmity into passion. It's an interesting environment, and director Kent makes full use of each room to symbolise the loss of the luxurious lives that they once had. Both families have suffered from personal loss during the war, you're supposed to feel empathetic towards them, and occasionally you do. However due to Rachael mostly being portrayed as a selfish socialite, you somewhat feel distanced from her. It's a story about betrayal, yet her character's romance feels underdeveloped. The initial sexual tension was practically non-existent. It just happened. One moment she hates the Germans, the next in love with one. The change of pace made for a jarring transition, and that's without mentioning the several scenes of newly-discovered burnt bodies in Hamburg, acting as a heavy reminder that you are watching a war drama.

It all comes down to the screenplay which lacks that heft and meat to make these characters come to life. A dire shame as all three lead actors were exquisite. Knightley, in all her pouting glory, looked stunning and had one of the most beautiful scenes I've seen her act in. I genuinely felt raw vulnerability for her character as she breaks down whilst playing the piano. Both Clarke and Skarsgård supported her well and gave efficient performances. The costumes were delightful and Phipps' classical score was lovely to listen to, enhancing the grandeur of its central abode. Just the clichéd affair and its underdevelopment diminishes the central premise of this story. It's tasteful and occasionally exhumes steamy passion, which will quench the thirst for fans of the period drama sub-genre, but lacking that definable quality which will leave many wanting more. Watchable and enjoyable nonetheless.
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Little dull, but I liked the overall story, and the two leads had great chemistry.
subxerogravity27 March 2019
Set in the aftermath of World War 2, it starts out as a story about the British and their attempts to help the Germans get their feet up again. Help ofcourse that is unwanted.

Watching this movie over 70 years after is perfect cause it's easy to see both sides of a picture. Not all German's are Nazis but all of them were treated like it (sounds familiar), and you can't blame the Brits for thier dislike of Germany at that time, so no matter who much like jerks they are being, they never became too dislikeable

Then the main plot kicks in about a love affair. When a German man who in every way is a victim of this war falls for a British woman who is married to a military officer and hates all that is German for taking her son away.

Even though the movie is about the whole idea of the hateful tension turning into a romantic fling, the movie was doing just fine with the subplot of reflecting how the aftermath of World War 2 is similar to the wars we are fighting now.

I will say the chemistry between Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard was great to watch. It seems like an effort in great acting because the flow between knightley and Jason Clarke,who plays her husband in the film is faulty, which I think it was met to be in order to bring focus on the affair.

It reminds me of a film called the Promise with the huge difference of the Promise pretending to be a movie about a romantic triangle when indeed it was a film about The Armenian genecide.

Overall, it was a good looking romance picture I wish was more about the Aftermath of World War 2
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The Aftermath
JoBloTheMovieCritic20 July 2019
5/10 - an interesting new look at what comes after WWII, but this one did struggle to hold my interest as it continued into its second and third acts
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Slow like hell! Bored to freaking death! Avoid at all cost!
kwenchow6 August 2019
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This film start with a woman "Rachael" sitting on a train and listening a conversation from a mother to a son! As turnout, this film is about a love triangle between a couple(Rachael and Lewis) and a stranger "Stephen"! Stephen actually is the former owner of the house that the couple move in! Pacing of the entire film really freaking slow! If you can stay awake really is a miracle! The plot of the film also very dumb! A husband really can let his wife live with a stranger guy? Lol! Later at the end, the husband asking the wife how long they have been effing! Is this even a question? Another lol! Most intense scene is Stephen daughter's boyfriend attack the couple car and Lewis chasing him to an ice lake and he eventually fall into the ice lake! Have a nudity scene of Rachael in the film! But after I check IMDB trivia, it mention that scene is using double! Again another lol! At the end, Rachael accept Stephen offer to live with him but she regret when arrive to the train station and back to Lewis! Another wasting time to watch film! Disappointed!
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"It was somehow easier to love a person who wasn't there."
juneebuggy2 April 2020
Liked this one a lot, set in a very interesting and chaotic time in history, 1946 postwar Germany 5 months after the allied victory. Historical movies almost always take place during the war, we never get to see the after and I've always been curious about it. This follows Kiera Knightly who arrives in the war ravaged city of Hamburg to meet up with her British Colonel husband after years of separation. Her husband has been tasked with rebuilding the city and (as men tended to do at the time) deposits his wife in a grand country house while he goes back to the army. 'Rachel' is surprised to learn that she will also be living with the previous owner, a German widower and his troubled daughter.

Alexander Skarsgård is the tempting widower, he looks very good and wears a lot of great sweaters. All the characters are damaged, dealing with grief in their own way, Kiera is fantastic, Jason Clarke as her husband is quietly stricken. The actual affair between Rachel & Stefan seems to come out of nowhere, suddenly they are just very into each other. I didn't ever know how this was going to play out, who she would ultimately choose. There's also an interesting sub plot with the daughter. Great story, enjoyed very much.
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Cleavage in your Hands
mrdonleone21 October 2019
So any idea of the month must really not so great plus interesting the story and everything but as a matter of fact the story wasn't interesting and photography and camera work was great for the rest trust predictable and it wasn't great that's a sad thing about it then your voice you can get excited Keira Knightley get to know a lot maybe that's the thing that grows but then again she has no bus line whatsoever that's a bit disappointing because Amanda's want some D fish in his hands you understand and then we'll hang out with can we see what can we do is today it is really
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Good; Coukd Have Been Better
Easygoer105 October 2020
There are some good performances in this film. Unfortunately, it suffers from a very predictable script.. I knew what people would say before they opened their mouths. Mediocre at best.
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A Great Movie
martimusross12 March 2019
This was a very carefully crafted movie set in Hamburg in the immediate months after the end of the Second World War (a little known period). By careful use of different themes we had before us the aftermath of the devastation of war on many levels, effortlessly juxtaposing a damaged city with damaged characters.

After years of bitter war and effective propaganda we were shown, and without mercy, how both sides came to view the "other" as less than human and in the process became dehumanised to suffering on a near cataclysmic scale.

The movie played with four commonly assumed psychological realities; firstly that relationships rarely survive the loss of a child, secondly, the grieving process is a luxury and often the immediate need to carry on delays this process, thirdly no parent ever expects to bury their own child and lastly grief of all sorts numbs the soul to the needs of others.

This was a brilliantly styled movie that captured the pre-war Biedermeier period interiors and ravishing sets of knitwear seemingly from the hand of Coco herself. The camera succeeded in introducing a level of sensuality and faded decadence amongst the ruin and was masterfully achieved.

Rachel (Kiera Knightley), gave us a conflicted personality, torn by duty, grief and the gap between how life should had been and how life was due to the war. Her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), gave a masterfully suppressed performance, showing a man ripped asunder by war and grief, this was a class act and deeply affecting. Stephen (Alexander Skarsgård), dominated his scenes, the camera just loves this man's bone structure. The acting by the entire ensemble was first rate and why perhaps this movie left a lastly impression on the mind.

The end just did not sit well with the previously mentioned psychological backdrop but hey it was only the last three minutes and it did not ruin a wonderful evening.
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A film stuck in two minds but completing neither
muamba_eats_toast5 March 2019
The first hour set up the film excellently. However from that point the whole film felt torn between wanting to be an epic historical drama and a romantic drama whilst settling on either. Even at the end I had no idea what they were trying to accomplish with the film or what the supposed message was. Could have been a lot better had they settled on a theme. Still watchable but at the end all felt a little pointless.
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MadamWarden4 May 2020
An ok little movie set in unusual times. Solid acting by all but a really lazy script, all as if an afterthought.
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