The Aftermath

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Romantic, post-WWII drama starring two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan), and Jason Clarke (Everest). Based on the novel by Rhidian Brook, the story follows a British couple relocated to a Hamburg home during the reconstruction, but find their marriage tested with the presence of the house's previous owner.


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Drama, Romance, War


Rating: M Violence, offensive language & sex scenes


Empire (UK)


The bones of the story have been played a million times, but a talented and committed cast make this swoonsome rather than samey.

Hollywood Reporter


Where it might have been an old-fashioned melodrama with credible historical appeal, instead it suggests an old-school celluloid epic whose print has lost a reel or two.

Little White Lies


The pressure that all three protagonists are under feels genuinely affecting, as the film knows to linger on the morally thorny and painful moments that its story entails.

Screen International


This slightly stodgy drama is elevated by the presence of Australian actor Clarke, who commands attention a as the weary British Colonel weighed down by years of incessant tragedy.

The Guardian


The well-intentioned performances lead nowhere.

The Telegraph


You may well enjoy this unusual love story: for its performances, its strong sense of time and place, and its vivid reminder that a war's official end is never really anything of the kind.

Variety (USA)


Will please a select audience starved for grown-up comfort viewing... (James Croot)


Keira Knightley shines in solid, but unspectacular period piece.