The Aftermath

2019 | 109 minutes | Rated R

The time period is right after World War II, and Knightley plays the mopey wife of an English colonel, joining him in British-occupied Hamburg. Because this is a fantasy and not a story about actual humans or ideas, the house they’ve been assigned to live in is an immense, ornately designed mansion. The mansion also comes with its previous tenants: a German architect (Alexander Skarsgård) and his daughter. The movie doesn’t go to particularly great pains to show us that the German architect is a good, not-an-actual-Nazi German, but Knightley’s character falls for him all the same, unable to resist his sad eyes and perfectly fitted sweaters. Dumb things ensue, because these are dumb characters in service of a dumb script, and the movie uses every period romance that's come before it as a shortcut to doing any actual storytelling work.


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Film Credits
James Kent
Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Martin Compston, Flora Thiemann, Kate Phillips, Jannik Schümann, Fionn O'Shea, Anna Schimrigk