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In postwar Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel who’s rebuilding the city. Rachael learns they now share their home with a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged setting, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
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Critics Consensus: Tasteful to a fault, The Aftermath is worth seeking out only for the most passionate period drama enthusiasts.
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Common Sense Says
Lingerie and tears shed in morally complex historical drama.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Aftermath is a historical drama based on a novel by Rhidian Brook about a time shortly after World War II when British troops moved into Hamburg to rebuild it after bombing it into total destruction. Whether you consider the story a romance depends on your perspective, but it's definitely provocative, both in generating moral questions and in displaying lots of sexuality. At times, the sex and sensual nudity feel particularly in your face, as does some of the film's violence (often involving former Nazis) in moments that are designed to be shocking. There are close-ups of men being shot, bloody wounds, concentration camp images, and more. Drinking and historically accurate smoking are a constant in the background. Have your hankies ready: All of the central characters are grieving over the loss of loved ones due to the war. Characters aren't clearly all good or bad; they're very complex, and the film is an example of the truly catastrophic effects of war -- as well as of the importance of compassion and self-control. Kiera Knightley, Jason Clarke, and Alexander Skarsgård star.
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- Release Date:March 15, 2019
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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