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Afterwards (2008)

Nathan, a brilliant New York lawyer who leads a life of professional success, but his private life is pretty dismal since he divorced Claire, his only love. Until he meets Doctor Kay, a ... See full summary »

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Gilles Bourdos

Writers:

Michel Spinosa (screenplay), Gilles Bourdos (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Nathan
John Malkovich ... Kay
Evangeline Lilly ... Claire
Pascale Bussières ... Anna
Sara Waisglass ... Tracey
Reece Thompson ... Jeremy (as Reece Daniel Thompson)
Bruno Verdoni ... Doctor
Joan Gregson Joan Gregson ... Mother in Law
Mark Camacho ... Lawyer
Robin Wilcock ... Lawyer
Edward Yankie Edward Yankie ... Lawyer
Carlo Mestroni ... Lawyer
Glenda Braganza ... Rachel
Leni Parker ... Admission Clerk
Henri Pardo Henri Pardo ... Haitian Spokesman
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Nathan, a brilliant New York lawyer who leads a life of professional success, but his private life is pretty dismal since he divorced Claire, his only love. Until he meets Doctor Kay, a mysterious doctor who introduces himself as a "Messenger." He claims that he can sense when certain people are about to die, and that he is sent to help them put their life in order before it's too late. Nathan doesn't believe a word of this, but soon afterwards he witnesses some disconcerting scenes which seem to confirm the doctor's claims. Written by anonymous

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Guillaume Musso, the author of the source novel, has declared he liked the film, and praised it for its "poetic, mysterious and dramatic atmosphere", its "constant tension" and its "never-slowing pace". See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Nathan approaches an ambulance from behind, his feet are reflected in the shiny metal at the bottom of the vehicle's rear doors. Also reflected are the feet of the cameraman following him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tracey: [beckoning] Swannie... Come over here... Come to me... Nice, swan.
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits music, you hear an ambulance winding through traffic. See more »

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It's Bad You Know
Performed by R.L. Burnside, Tom Rothrock
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Foretelling Deaths
17 September 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the French Nathan (Romain Duris) is a successful lawyer divorced from Claire (Evangeline Lilly) and with a little daughter. One day, he meets the mysterious head of the department of the Saint Louis Clinic Dr. Kay (John Malkovich) in his office and the man shows that he knows details of his life. Dr. Kay discloses that he can foretell people's death and he proves to Nathan that he is not a fraud. Nathan is assigned by Dr. Kay to give comfort to those that will die soon. Further, he discovers that his fate is also to be a Messenger.

"Afterwards" is a low-paced drama with a beautiful cinematography about people that has the ability to know when people will die. The unexpected scene in the beginning is very impressive but the screenplay is confused, using many flashbacks but without explanation of the whole scenario. Nevertheless, it discloses in a sensitive way the life and tragedies of the tough lawyer Nathan. John Malkovich is excellent as usual; the gorgeous Evangeline Lilly has also a good performance; but Romain Duris is miscast since he is absolutely non-charismatic with his arrogant expression. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Depois de Partir" ("After the Departure")


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Release Date:

14 January 2009 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA See more »

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$15,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,862,534
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