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The Afterlight (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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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

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Alexei Kaleina, Craig Macneill

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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.

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

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

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: 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.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

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

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The director-writer-editor pair, and cinematographer White, show a sheer love of moviemaking that often makes their film a joy to watch.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie City News
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A quietly intense, engrossing and intelligent drama brimming with haunting imagery and poignant lyricism.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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