THE PLOT THUS FAR
A story centered around the Valentinos, a struggling family whose delicate balance is threatened by a carefully concealed secret that, if revealed, will change their lives forever.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“After” is a film that seems familiar, yet it’s surprisingly confusing. I have to admit that the whole thing with the VHS tapes slipped right past me until the big reveal. However, the reveal made the effort seem that much more trite. I would understand if this was a student film, as that might pass for a film student’s notion of blowing the minds of your audience. What it does in reality is put so much focus on the mental framework of Kathleen Quinlan’s character.
Family secrets seem to be a recurring trope this year. While some have focused on direct death, response to death and shuffling living standards; this film takes a bullet train to domestic drama fantasy land. Then, there’s the fact that the piece was supposed to be an attempt for families to make sense of life in a post 9/11 America. This is the second film this week to make my brain leak out of my ears, but this just takes the weirdo cake. I’ve fished out to see what the general consensus online was about the film and I found a ton of overly negative reviews. I can’t throw my hat in with that bunch, as there is a good movie under all of the crazy trappings. Ultimately, the film is about learning to move on. I just wish we could’ve received a straightforward movie about that subject.
The DVD comes with no special features. The standard definition transfer is crisp enough. The Dolby track is a supportive surround mix. It’s typical for most indie dramas. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
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