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Afterglow (1997)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Director Alan Rudolph offers a typically idiosyncratic look at a relationship approaching the point of collapse. Phyllis Mann (Julie Christie) and her husband Lucky (Nick Nolte) are a married couple living in Montreal whose marriage has slowly skidded to a halt. There's still a glimmer of affection left between the two, but very little love and no passion. Phyllis, a one-time horror film star, spends her days alone, often lost in her memories as she watches her old films on television, while


Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Alan Rudolph

Oct 14, 2003

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The still strkingly beautiful Julie Christie renders such as glowing performance that she alone justifies viewing this incurable, frivolous romantic serio-comedy in which she plays B-Movie actress!

December 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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How mysterious and intriguing some performances can be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Alan Rudolph's romantic roundelay sounds a lot more interesting than it plays.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

Christie is a revelation, a lilting, charming schemer ... She alone is reason enough to see this flawed and haunting film.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Will turn off viewers before they arrive at scenes in the final third of this movie that make the previous, tedious parts forgivable.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Afterglow plants a cynical seed in its provocative examination of isolation, arbitrary emotional fulfillment, and marital stagnation. Christie dutifully fills the shoes of a wounded woman so convincingly

May 22, 2003
Movie Eye

In exploring the breakdown of two marriages, Alan Rudolph returns to his anatomy of the dynamics of intimacy.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

As a showcase for Nolte and Christie -- especially Christie -- it's splendid, and carries an emotional punch right to the bitter end.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Rudolph cares for his characters rather than patronizing their often foolish behavior.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Certain to invoke conversations afterwards, the film exercises viewers' minds and emotions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

As far as a plot, Afterglow really doesn't have one

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Afterglow


This movie is another from a long list of movies that played at the 1997 Tronto Internatinal Film Festival. Not one of the best from that list, but still worth watching. This movie was filmed in Montreal Canada and Nick Nolte is a handyman who is fixing more then minor repairs in his travels. His wife ( Julie Christie) is a burned out actress who had a child by another actor while married to Nick, of course one day during an arrugment she brings up the fact that the child who is now 15 is not his, major mistake child hears runs away and so is the story line of our film. Nick is not giving it up to his unfaithful wife in 3-4 years but is screwing all his clients.Of course one client falls in love with him. All in all its not that trashy and has its moments but I can only give it 3 stars
August 5, 2009
Bruce Bruce

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Julie Christie is radiant as the wronged wife easily outshining the rest of cast. It's a pity she doesn't work more but it makes each time she does something special.
February 25, 2008
jay nixon

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Afterglow", Jeffrey Byron(Jonny Lee Miller) is a young executive who enjoys taking breaks walking on the ledge of his building. His wife, Marianne(Lara Flynn Boyle), is ovulating and desperately wants to get pregnant but Jeffrey is not obliging. Luckily, she still needs some work done on her home which requires a handyman, Lucky(Nick Nolte), who was recommended to her. Aside from repairing homes, Lucky also seems to be having sex with most of the housewives in the greater Montreal area, with the exception of his own wife, Phyllis(Julie Christie), a former B-movie actress.(Apparently, they have an open marriage under which Lucky can have sex with other women, just as long as he sleeps in his own bed.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Afterglow" is a very uneven movie about consequences and how women are taken for granted in our society. But there is little real drama to speak of and the extraneous subplots do not help. Luckily, writer-director Alan Rudolph's horrible comedic instincts do not come into play. Nick Nolte has rakish charm to spare and Julie Christie does an excellent job in deftly avoiding playing a caricature. Lara Flynn Boyle starts out at awful but gets better as the movie goes on. Jonny Lee Miller simply comes off as flat.[/font]
May 25, 2006
Walter M.

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I was expecting this to be a little more interesting to be honest. This partner sharing story is unique in that it is set in Montreal which is not taking the place of a U.S. City but I was expecting fabulous...not just a welcome diversion for a few hours. Go in expecting little and be nicely surprised, not the other way around.
June 24, 2007
John Ballantine

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