After.Life

After.Life

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Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo

Cast: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci, Justin Long

     
 

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Young couple Paul (Justin Long) and Anna (Christina Ricci) are toying with the prospect of marriage when they have a chance encounter with Eliot (Liam Neeson), a mysterious undertaker who claims he can speak with the dead. When Anna becomes caught in the otherworldly realm…  See more details below

Overview

Young couple Paul (Justin Long) and Anna (Christina Ricci) are toying with the prospect of marriage when they have a chance encounter with Eliot (Liam Neeson), a mysterious undertaker who claims he can speak with the dead. When Anna becomes caught in the otherworldly realm between life and death, she risks being buried alive. Will Eliot help her, or is he being driven by darker motivations?

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After.Life is a smart little horror-thriller with a pretty original hook: an undertaker who can talk to the recently deceased corpses on his slabs. But is he a malevolent force trying to doom people whose lives have yet to fully run their course, or does he just have a gift for talking to departed souls, who distrust him because they're understandably terrified by their new circumstances? Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo smartly walks this line throughout, giving Liam Neeson's character a sinister edge, but stopping short of defining him as an out-and-out villain. The story really has to do with the struggles of the protagonist, Anna (Christina Ricci), to determine what's real and what isn't -- what parts of the funeral home in which she's confined can she actually manipulate, and what parts are only in her imagination. Again, Wojtowicz-Vosloo is reluctant to give concrete answers, and she heightens the tension by getting excellent camerawork and editing from her team. The visuals in After.Life really pop, and Ricci complements that aesthetic scheme. With her big, haunted eyes, her gaunt frame, and her sallow complexion, it's like she was born to play a corpse. This is by no means a backhanded compliment, because she gives the character true pathos and expertly dramatizes the panic and fear a body would feel in that kind of purgatory. Justin Long is also a good choice as her fiancé, sinking his teeth into some dramatic work that suits him well. Since After.Life is all about mood and atmosphere, it's worth mentioning another performer who contributes -- namely, Celia Weston as Anna's wheelchair-bound mother. She simply drips with a moribund contempt for Long's character, believing he contributed to the premature end of her estranged daughter's life. An underdog gem, After.Life announces Wojtowicz-Vosloo as a filmmaker to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
UPC:
0013132168890
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
19,101

Special Features

Delving into the After.Life: the art of making a trailer; Audio commentary with co-writer/director Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Eliot Deacon
Christina Ricci Anna
Justin Long Paul
Josh Charles Actor
Celia Weston Actor
Chandler Canterbury Actor
Shuler Hensley Actor

Technical Credits
Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo Director,Screenwriter
Brad M. Gilbert Producer
Paul Haslinger Score Composer
Pamela Hirsch Executive Producer
Niven Howie Editor
Catherine Kellner Executive Producer
Jakub Korolczuk Screenwriter
Matthew Lessall Casting
Edwin L. Marshall Executive Producer
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Luca Mosca Costumes/Costume Designer
William O. Perkins Producer
Celine Rattray Producer
Cooper Richey Executive Producer
James Swisher Executive Producer
Paul Vosloo Screenwriter
Ford Wheeler Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- After.Life
1. Main Titles/Somewhere Else [3:57]
2. Final Respects [6:39]
3. Misunderstanding [3:35]
4. Massive Internal Trauma [6:33]
5. Devastating News [9:56]
6. "The Dead Can't Harm the Dead" [10:41]
7. Feels More Like Hell [5:58]
8. "You Will Never Live Again" [12:04]
9. Ghostly Vision [5:30]
10. Nothing to Say [6:21]
11. "You Can't Help Her Anymore" [5:43]
12. Too Scared to Love [7:13]
13. The Funeral [5:25]
14. Premature Burial [4:51]
15. The Night Anna Came Out of the Grave [2:35]
16. End Credits [5:37]

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After.Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The killer in this is a mortician. He chooses victims that he sees as the walking dead, ones who talk, walk and breath but don't feel alive. He causes accidents so his victims end up out cold and wounded. When they awake they're in the funeral home, and drugged. He tells them, and that they died in an accident and that he has a gift that he can speak to the dead, while letting the world believe they're dead. His latest victim is Christina Ricci. The drugs keep her from feeling her body, she look like corpse when he's done. In the beginning she fights. Not to live but to escape. She spends most of the movie laying out on morge slab nude. By time of her funeral she's convinced that she's dead, and is glad - she glad it was over. At the end she's buried alive, and the killer has already chosen his next victim.