The Aftermath

The Aftermath
  • 2019
  • UK / US / Germany
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Kent
  • Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke

In post-WWII Hamburg, Rachael (Knightley) and her officer husband Lewis (Clarke) are living in a house with the German owner Stefan (Skarsgård) confined to the attic, and soon Rachael is drawn to Stefan. Rhidian Brook’s original novel may work, but on screen, the stiff upper lips and war-is-hell clichés are ridiculously shop-worn and clumsy.

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The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgrd) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

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The Aftermath

27 Feb 20192 stars

GFF 2019: Old-fashioned and clumsy post-war drama featuring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård

Whatever else Brexit might inspire, it'll be a relief when the endless barrage of high-minded movies reminding us of WWII ends. From Dunkirk to The Darkest Hour, via Their Finest and Allied, stiff upper lips haven't trembled so regularly since the…

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