The Aftermath

A portrait of post-War Germany that is constantly surprising.

Showing Times

Fri 08 Mar 20:50
Sat 09 Mar 18:00
Sat 09 Mar 20:30
Sun 10 Mar 15:00
Sun 10 Mar 20:00

In the bitter winter of 1946 Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in Hamburg to be reunited with her husband, Lewis (Jason Clark), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. Their relationship is already strained after long separation and the death of their young child, and Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has decided to allow the owner of their requisitioned new home, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgard) and his troubled daughter, to live with them. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

This is top drawer, swooningly romantic, intelligent drama.  Writer Rhidian Brook took the idea from his uncle's own experience in Hamburg post-War, and Ridley Scott's early interest meant that film and book were developed side-by-side. The film benefits greatly from its cast, though.  Knightley has made this type of part her own, bringing verve and complexity to such period femmes, while Skarsgard is already well established as the sensitive, troubled romantic soul after recent BBC drama, The Little Drummer Girl.  If this makes it sound potentially formulaic, it's not.  It's a period of history we don't often see on screen, and the story confounds easy expectations.  Enjoy!


Film Information

108 mins

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