The Afterlight (2010)



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In a desolate stretch of farm country, a young couple attempts to leave their complicated past behind in hopes of starting a new life. Andrew and Claire find themselves far from their roots. They move into an old schoolhouse that sits on the edge of a farm inhabited by an elderly widow and her blind niece, Maria. While the local media report on an approaching solar eclipse, the arrival of Andrew and Claire sets off an elusive chain of events that will alter the lives of everyone around them. As … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alexei Kaleina, Craig Macneill
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On DVD: Dec 6, 2011
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

It's hard to embrace this glacially paced, symbolism-heavy film's elusive - when it's not being elliptical - story about a city couple's escape to rural life.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Unfortunately, the subdued tone only adds distance, not depth, to their unstated issues.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Promises more illumination than it delivers.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Chicago Reader
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Afterlight proceeds without much discernible plot or character development, its objects and places exuding more backstory than its people, though Rip Torn as the father of the sole male protagonist lends a certain woodsy authenticity.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
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Tempering the film's oppressive emotions, the cinematographer ZoŽ White's exquisite compositions charge leaden rain clouds and rustling branches with eerie life, and dusty indoor corners with shadowy secrets.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
New York Times
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[This] proudly minimalist affair favors ambiguity over soap-operatics.

Full Review… | September 9, 2010
Time Out
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