The Aftermath

The Aftermath - the GBY

The Aftermath was a total surprise.  I saw it at a 3 Star Cinema screening.  I had the seen the trailer a few times, but they had deftly left out an entire subplot that changed everything!  Keira Knightley (Colette) is very good as the brittle Rachel Morgan, a British military wife brought to Hamburg, Germany to be with her husband after the war.  Jason Clarke (First Man) is very convincing as her career officer husband who is torn between trying to hate the Germans and finding empathy for their dire situation.  The foil between this couple is Alexander Skarsgård (The Hummingbird Project), the previous owner of the house the Morgan’s are occupying.  Martin Compston (Mary, Queen of Scots), Kate Phillips, and Flora Theimann round out the cast.

What I thought was just a movie about a cold husband and an adulterous wife, but it turned out to be much more complicated and beautiful than I anticipated.   There are several surprising twists and turns along the way so that it is not predictable.

Our Rating for The Aftermath:

4 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for The Aftermath:

Official Synopsis:

In 1946 Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg to be reunited with her husband, Lewis, who is a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. 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 and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.


Principle Cast Keira Knightly, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgård, Martin Compston
Director James Kent
Screenwriter Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse, based on the book “The Aftermath” by Rhidian Brook
Cinematographer Franz Lustig
Editor Beverely Mills
 Production Companies Amusement Park Films, Scott Free Productions, BBC Films
Run Time 108 minutes
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Premier 2019 Glasgow Film Festival

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