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Hereafter [Blu-ray] [Canadian; French]
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Director Clint Eastwood delves into the mysterious world of the hereafter with this ensemble supernatural drama starring Matt Damon, Ccile De France, Jay Mohr, and Bryce Dallas Howard. In the wake of a near-death experience during a powerful tsunami, French television reporter Marie (De France) takes her married lover's advice to pen the political book she has always talked about writing. As hard as Marie tries to stay focused on the task at hand, however, she repeatedly finds her attention diverted to scientists who have been stigmatized for investigating the afterlife. Meanwhile, in America, reluctant psychic George (Matt Damon) struggles in vain to cease using his powers for profit while falling for a gorgeous stranger (Bryce Dallas Howard). All the while, his greedy brother (Jay Mohr) prods him to milk his ability for all it's worth. Over in London, a pair of inseparable twins is forcibly parted by tragedy when one of them dies suddenly. The harder the more introverted surviving twin (Frankie McLaren) attempts to reach out to his deceased brother in the afterlife, the deeper his mom sinks into heroin addiction. When his mother goes into rehab, the grieving boy is placed in foster care, and begins succumbing to his corrosive ennui.
Matt Damon, Cecile de, France, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren, Jay Mohr, Bryce, Dallas Howard
"What's surprising and satisfying about this film are its determination to deal with unconventional material in a classical way."
Los Angeles Times
4 stars out of 4 -- "This is a film for intelligent people who are naturally curious about happens when the shutters close....Eastwood and his actors achieve a tone that doesn't force the material but embraces it..."
"[I]t calmly examines death, grief and melancholy, packing an unexpectedly profound emotional gut-punch."
"[I]t has the power to haunt the skeptical, to mystify the credulous and to fascinate everyone in between..."
New York Times
"Mr. Damon brings calm intelligence to his role..."
Wall Street Journal
3 stars out of 4 -- "It's typical of Eastwood's mastery as a director that his approach to the topic is introspective, not inflammatory....It's the quiet moments that draw us in."
"Damon -- reunited with director Clint Eastwood following their work on INVICTUS -- makes a sincere, low-key medium, conveying information like a reporter rather than a precious mystic."
"The film never is less than intriguing, right from its tour de force opening sequence, and often full of insights into why people long for answers, sometimes with great urgency."
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