The Aftermath

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Tasteful to a fault, The Aftermath is worth seeking out only for the most passionate period drama enthusiasts.

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THE AFTERMATH is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel 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 (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

Cast

Keira Knightley
as Rachael Morgan
Alexander Skarsgård
as Stefan Lubert
Jason Clarke
as Lewis Morgan
Alexander Scheer
as Siegfried Leitmann

Critic Reviews for The Aftermath

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (106)

  • Knightley's character is - hello! - more sympathetic and sensual than in the novel, while Clarke's is more one-dimensional, to the point of caricature.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It does not achieve the emotional resonance that it's looking for, but Keira Knightly does wear some great dresses.

    September 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film aspires to be an epic romance but the qualities necessary to make it soar aren't in place. Instead, it's a curiosity for history buffs and those who enjoy middling period piece melodramas.

    March 31, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Its moves are telegraphed to anyone who's ever seen a stately period romance, and its handsome production can't overcome its myriad clichés.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • "The Aftermath" is a lot of pretty mush. Or, rather, it's like suds; its lovely bubbles pop, leaving nothing behind.

    March 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • From the moment Rachael and Stefan look into each other's eyes while we roll OUR eyes, The Aftermath is a runaway train of cornball cliches.

    March 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Aftermath

  • Sep 29, 2019
    Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke star in the rather dull and meandering war drama The Aftermath. In the months following the Allied victory in Europe during World War II a British housewife goes to Germany to be with her husband who's part of the British command overseeing the occupation, however when they let a Germany family whose house they've been quartered at stay tensions rise and relationships begin to be torn apart. Both Knightley and Clarke give lackluster, underwhelming performances, and no one else is particularly good either. And the writing is especially poor, as the dramatic tensions and conflicts all kind of frizzle out. However, the production values are remarkably good, making for a beautiful looking film. Yet despite having a few things going for it, The Aftermath is incredibly disappointing and falls flat.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2019
    I am struggling to come up with something of substance to say about The Aftermath, an adequate drama with decent performances, handsome production design, and a boring love triangle. It's set in the aftermath of World War Two Germany in the Allied-occupied stretch. Jason Clarke plays a British officer stationed in another man's home, a wealthy German local (Alexander Skarsgard) who lost his wife in the war. Clarke's wife (Keira Knightley) is anxious to go home, still processing her grief from losing her child during the war and her relationship with her distant husband seems irreparable. It's only a matter of time before Knightley and Skarsgard find comfort in one another, and they do, almost absurdly quickly. The more interesting story is Clarke trying to keep a fragile peace in the ruins of bombed-out Germany while Nazi sympathetic elements conspire to form an insurgency against the remaining officers. Now that's a movie I would watch. That's a way more intriguing storyline, and one I'm sure chapter after chapter was filled with sprawling, conspiratorial detail in the novel by Rhidian Brook. Alas, we're stuck with a pretty drab love affair between two pretty people. I didn't feel any passion between them; it felt like they were acting by-the-numbers, and ultimately maybe that was what the director had in mind all along. I found my mind drifting away for long interludes, thinking about other movies, thinking about watching other historical dramas. The acting is pretty good all around. Knightley has a standout scene where she breaks down and reveals the full extent of her maternal grief and what it has done to her marriage. The Aftermath will be readily forgotten in its own aftermath, and I don't think too many viewers will mourn. Nate's Grade: C
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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