AFTER.LIFE



Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Writer: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, Paul Vosloo and Jakub Korolczuk
Cast: Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin Long and Josh Charles
Release Date: 04/09/2010

After a horrific car accident, Anna (Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, despite the funeral director’s reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death.

Anna’s refusal to accept her death is ushered along by Paul’s resistance to accepting it. He won’t stop pushing and searching for answers, and it doesn’t help that Anna’s creepy young student, Jack, believes he’s seen her upright and alive in Eliot’s home.


The script, set and costumes are all very simple. It stands in perfect juxtaposition to the grandness of the question the movie poses. However, their approach to the cinematography was a little too clichéd. The focus on the color red was overdone and a lot of the traditionally indie scenes made the movie seem garish. The fact that pretty much half of the movie has Ricci naked seemed like a desperate approach to attract viewers in spite of a substantial story.

The film is neat in that one-off dark humor sort of way. But, I spent most of time trying to ogle Ricci rather than listening to dialogue. While it hasn’t been getting the biggest push on the theatrical circuit, I sense quite a long shelf life in the video world. Much like most of Neeson’s recent dramatic work, he’s been taking subtle to new levels. It’s just that Long and Charles can’t keep up with Neeson and Ricci when the plot pushes forward.

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