After the Life: Trilogy 3 (2002)

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After Life is the third film in Lucas Belvaux's ambitious Trilogy, following On the Run, a thriller, and An Amazing Couple, a romantic comedy. After Life features the same characters as the other two films and happens over the same time period, but it's a melodrama, and the focus is on Pascal (Gilbert Melki), a cop, and his wife, Agnes (Dominique Blanc), a teacher, who is also a morphine addict. Agnes depends on Pascal to supply her with morphine, and he in turn has an arrangement to procure the drug from a nefarious local businessman, Jaquillat (Patrick Descamps). When a violent radical leftist, Bruno (Belvaux), escapes from prison and kills an associate of Jaquillat's, Jaquillat threatens to withhold Pascal's morphine supply until Bruno is dead. As his wife's mental and physical health deteriorates, Pascal feels compelled to subvert his moral qualms about turning the criminal over. His investigation leads him to detain Jeanne (Catherine Frot), a co-worker of Agnes' with past ties to Bruno. Cécile (Ornella Muti), another of Agnes' co-workers, begins to suspect that her husband, Alain (François Morel), is having an affair, and asks Pascal to look into it. Pascal finds his interest in the case is more than professional when he begins to develop feelings for Cécile. Meanwhile, Agnes, feeling neglected and desperate, goes out into the street to try to find her fix. She ends up running into Bruno, and the two forge an unlikely alliance. Belvaux's Trilogy was shown at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
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Cast

Gilbert Melki
as Pascal Manise
Ornella Muti
as Cecile Costes
Dominique Blanc
as Agnes Manise
Lucas Belvaux
as Bruno Le Roux (aka Pierre)
François Morel
as Alain Costes
Patrick Descamps
as Jaquillat
Pierre Gérard
as Olivier
Bernard Mazzinghi
as Georges Colinet
Christine Henkart
as Mme. Guiot
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Critic Reviews for After the Life: Trilogy 3

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

Each movie casts light on the others. And after watching all three, a profound blending of the stories percolates in your head.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
Washington Post
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If On the Run is the most riveting and shocking of the three, and An Amazing Couple the funniest and most engaging, After the Life is the most touching and dramatic.

June 3, 2004
Chicago Tribune
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[Blanc's] performance is as chilling as Lee Remick's in Days of Wine and Roses.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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While it functions independently as a sad, ultimately moving portrait of a deeply codependent couple, the film also emerges as the most richly resonant of The Trilogy.

Full Review… | May 7, 2004
Seattle Times
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The Trilogy's amazing partnership is Agnès and Pascal's. With After the Life's tango of enabler and addict, Belvaux finally delivers emotional resonance.

May 7, 2004
Denver Post
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If you have committed to the entire project ... this chapter leaves you not only with a sense of completion but of an ascension to a hard-won grace.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for After the Life: Trilogy 3

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You know it's hard out here for a lonely disgraced cop in this melodrama, the third in a trilogy of interlocking stories and themes. As with all three films, the whole is greater than its parts, but on its own, 'After Life' is heartfelt, intimate, and elegiac.

C.J. Arellano
C.J. Arellano

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