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Monday, October 25, 2010

HEREAFTER

By D.E.Levine

2010 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Peter Morgan
Cast: Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Cyndi Mayo Davis, Lisa Griffiths, Jessica Griffiths, Ferguson Reid, Derek Sakakura, Jay Mohr, Richard Kind, Charlie Creed-Miles, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren, Lyndsey Marshal, Rebekah Staton, Declan Conlon, Byrce Dallas Howard et al.
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy and Robert Lorenz
Executive Producers: Frank Marshall, Tim Moore, Peter Morgan and Steven Spielberg
Original Music: Clint Eastwood
Running Time: 129 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English, French
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, Action, Suspense

This is an unusual film as Clint Eastwood tackles the question of whether there is life after death - a place where people go and exist when they die.

The film is actually comprised of three interwoven stories about people who are touched by death in different ways.

Matt Damon is George, an American blue collar worker who has psychic ability and a special connection to the afterlife. He's given up practicing as a psychic because of the pressure it imposes on him and his inability to live a "normal" life.

Marie, a French journalist played by Cecile De France, has an actual near death experience that shakes her reality, causes her to question life and death, and changes her life forever.

Marcus, a London schoolboy who loses the person closest to him seeks answers from everyone he can contact - most of whom are widely publicized but scam artists nevertheless - until he finds George.

The lives of these three individuals intersect and cause each to question the reality of the existence of an afterlife.

Eastwood has tackled many types of stories but never one like this. While it seems a bit long and drags in places, overall it addresses a topic of interest to many and provides and ending that is open to individual interpretation.