Clint Eastwood explores death and the beyond through three stories with solid performances by Matt Damon and Cécile de France.
Death is the barrier we can’t get around, pilule an eternal void burdening those among the living who yearn for those who are gone. What would it mean if we could communicate with the other side, or even just be sure it existed?
That is the theme of the haunting ”Hereafter,” the latest work from Clint Eastwood, which presents a trio of stories having to do with what might be on that far side and how it relates to the world we know.
Actually, it is three stories that are told, and ”Hereafter” begins by providing a wonderful sense of uncertainty, giving us the gift of not knowing where these tales are going and whether or not they will have things in common besides dealing with death and the beyond. Like the similarly affecting ”Never Let Me Go,” ”Hereafter” is best approached with as little specific information as possible.
Text: LA Times, by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic, October 15, 2010
Director Clint Eastwood
Premiere USA: October 22
Cast Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Frankie McLaren
Writers Peter Morgan
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