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AFTERWARDS

Eight-year-old Nathan inexplicably regains consciousness despite having been pronounced dead after an attempt to save a little girl. Fast forward 20 years later and Nathan (Romain Duris) is now a brilliant lawyer in New York. Deeply affected by the painful circumstances of his divorce, he`s taken refuge in his work, far from his ex-wife Claire (Evangeline Lilly) and their daughter. Mysterious Dr. Kay (John Malkovich) appears and claims he can tell the exact time when someone will die. With this disclosure, he finally understands why he came back to life after all those years.

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Genre: Drama
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Cast: Romain Duris, John Malkovich, Evangeline Lilly, Pascale Bussieres, Reece Thompson, Sara Waisglass
Director: Gilles Bourdos
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Watch this if you liked: “Big Fish”, “Burn After Reading”, “Disgrace”

When we die, what happens afterwards? When we leave, what happens to our loved ones afterwards? Based on Guillaume Musso's 2004 novel of the same name 'Et après...', we see death and dying via 'messengers' who can tell when a person is going to leave earth and it is up to them to help the prepare the person by pointing out unfinished business.

The film starts off with a fast pace but tends to drag along with a couple of flashbacks throughout the whole movie. When Nathan was eight years old, he was involved in an accident while trying to save a little girl. Miraculously he woke up after being declared dead. Fast-forward to the present day and Nathan (Romain Duris, "The Spanish Apartment", "The Beat That My Heart Skipped") is a successful New York lawyer who went through a painful divorce from his wife, Claire (Evangeline Lilly, TV's 'Lost'). One day, a mysterious man who addresses himself as Dr. Kay (John Malkovich, "Dangerous Liaisons", "Changeling") shows up claiming that he knows when a person's time on earth is going to end.

The versatile Romain Duris does well again in his first English-speaking role and his anguish as a workaholic whose success at the expense of his wife and daughter is well portrayed. Evangeline Lilly in her first feature-length debut only gets a few scenes, all which doesn't really leave an impact on the film, so don't get your hopes up, 'Lost' fans! John Malkovich entertains as usual; and it's amusing to read that he's only in the movie because his production house was asked to provide logistical support for the film and he ended up reading the script!

"Afterwards" is a mazy affair that may leave viewers confused, especially with the flashbacks. This is a film that requires attention and putting the puzzle together, so if you don't have the luxury of watching it on a DVD, do keep your mind sharp in the cinema!

Cinema Online, 13 May 2010
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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