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.


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

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I left with endless troubling questions unanswered. The melodrama turned shallow. I loved the beauty and tenderness, but I didn't believe The Aftermath.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The aftermath of WW2 is a resonant topic that is totally botched here. What's left is soap opera, leaving suds that even the stellar Knightley, Skarsgård and Clarke can't rinse off their performances.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

An emotionally constipated movie about emotional constipation.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

A listlessly soapy melodrama [that], save for a little bit of modern-day nudity and bloodshed, could have been churned out 60-70 years ago and then gone largely forgotten in the ensuing decades.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

the focus of "The Aftermath" is in all the wrong places, spending time with characters in which we are unable to gain an emotional foothold. This misplaced attention makes for an erotic drama that feels cold, and a political thriller that feels empty.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The Aftermath shows that even the most foolproof ideas wither in the face of turgid, overripe melodrama.

Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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