The Aftermath

Critics Consensus

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.

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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 (141) | Top Critics (29)

  • 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's an enjoyable deviation from the typical war story, but if there were more layers of warmth and stronger emotional connections between the characters, it could have built to a more satisfying conclusion.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, a weak screenplay co-written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (what a pen name) drags everything down as the film takes a page from every illicit historical romance in history.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Aftermath

  • 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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