Saturday, August 6, 2011
Starring: Matt Damon, Cécile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr.
This Clint Eastwood directed drama focuses on the stories of three people whose lives are all effected by death, in different ways. George (Matt Damon) is a seemingly ordinary American, except he has a psychic connection with people in the afterlife. Marie (Cécile De France), a French woman with a high profile job as a TV Presenter has a near death experience when she's caught up in a tsunami, experiencing a brief glimpse into the hereafter. Marcus (Frankie McLaren and George McLaren), a young schoolboy from London, loses his brother Jason, and desperately wants to make contact.
This is a cry-fest! It upset me a lot, especially the scene where Marcus has a reading with George. At the same time, it's hauntingly beautiful. The French third of the movie is in sub-titles, for those of you who, like me, hate reading off the screen. Matt Damon gives a strong performance, and you can just feel his pain as Melanie leaves after badgering him for the reading he was so reluctant to give. Eastwood is not a fan of editing, and leaves in bits most other directors would cut, but this seems to add to the slow, gentle appeal of Hereafter. Overall, this is a moving, sentimental, slow journey; a character piece that will draw you in, make you cry, then leave you either uplifted or wanting to kill yourself. Bring tissues.