The Aftermath -2019 Film

The Aftermath is a 2019 drama film directed by James Kent and written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, based on the novel of the same name by Rhidian Brook. It stars Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, and Alexander Scheer. The film was released in the United States on March 15, 2019, by Fox Searchlight Pictures. It had its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on February 26, 2019. The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a colonel of the British Forces Germany 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 and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

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The Aftermath
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Kent
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Joe Shrapnel
  • Anna Waterhouse
Based onThe Aftermath
by Rhidian Brook
Starring
Music byMartin Phipps
CinematographyFranz Lustig
Edited byBeverley Mills
Production
companies
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • February 26, 2019 (2019-02-26) (GFF)
  • March 1, 2019 (2019-03-01) (United Kingdom)
  • March 15, 2019 (2019-03-15) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2.8 million[1]

The Aftermath is a 2019 drama film directed by James Kent and written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, based on the novel of the same name by Rhidian Brook. It stars Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, and Alexander Scheer. The film was released in the United States on March 15, 2019, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.[2] It had its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on February 26, 2019.[3]

Plot

The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a colonel of the British Forces Germany 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 and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.[4]

Cast

Production

In August 2016, it was announced Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the film, with Alexander Skarsgård and Keira Knightley starring in the film, with James Kent directing the film from a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, while Ridley Scott will serve as a producer on the film, under his Scott Free Productions banner.[5][6] That same month, Jason Clarke joined the cast of the film.[7] In February 2017, Fionn O'Shea joined the cast of the film.[8]

Principal photography began in January 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic.[9]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 26% based on 85 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Tasteful to a fault, The Aftermath is worth seeking out only for the most passionate period drama enthusiasts."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]

References

  1. "The Aftermath (2019)". The Numbers. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  2. Galuppo, Mia (May 31, 2018). "Fox Searchlight Sets Date for Keira Knightley Post-War Drama 'The Aftermath'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  3. "Full programme announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2019". Glasgow Film Theatre. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  4. "The Aftermath | Fox Searchlight". Fox Searchlight. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  5. Fleming Jr., Mike (August 17, 2016). "Fox Searchlight Lands 'The Aftermath' With Keira Knightley & Alexander Skarsgard". Deadline. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  6. Galuppo, Mia (August 17, 2016). "Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard in Talks to Star in 'Aftermath' for Fox Searchlight, Scott-Free". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  7. Kroll, Justin (August 18, 2016). "Jason Clarke in Talks to Join Keira Knightley in 'The Aftermath' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  8. Barraclough, Leo (February 9, 2017). "Fionn O'Shea Joins Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard in 'The Aftermath' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  9. Pritchard, Julia (January 17, 2017). "Keira Knightley looks truly radiant in vintage coat and beret as she films WWII drama The Aftermath in a snowy Prague". Daily Mail. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  10. "The Aftermath (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  11. "The Aftermath reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
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