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After Life

  • 2003
  • UK
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alison Peebles
  • Cast: Lindsay Duncan, Kevin McKidd, Paula Sage, Shirley Henderson

May (Duncan) looks after Roberta (Sage), her 21-year-old daughter with Downs. Her other child Kenny (McKidd) is an ambitious journalist. He drifts in and out of their lives, always putting the stress of his workload over spending time with his old mum and sis. But then May discovers she has cancer and Kenny has to re-evaluate his life, as his mother's only dying wish seems to be that he and he alone looks after Roberta. Moving, if fairly predictable, drama whose superb cast manage to transcend the dour cliches of the screenplay. This was clearly a labour of love for first time director Peebles - it bodes well for future projects.

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