Afterlife (15)

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Time Out says

Ambitious, cynical journalist Kenny (McKidd) doesn't have a lot going for him. On the verge of his biggest career break, he's called back home to look after his sister Roberta (Sage), who has Down's Syndrome, when their mum twists her ankle. She has another agenda too, a secret which will change everything. Give the director credit for tackling difficult material and daring to make Kenny so easy to dislike. That said, his film might have worked better if he'd been less determinedly self-centred. The domestic scenes work well, but his professional life (and a euthanasia subplot) is pretty unconvincing. Paula Sage is the real thing, though, and delivers a strong, funny, charismatic performance.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

2003

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Alison Peebles

Cast:

Fiona Bell, Shirley Henderson, James Larenson, Paula Sage, Kevin McKidd, Lindsay Duncan

Production Designer:

Jacqueline Smith

Editor:

Colin Monie

Cinematography:

Grant Scott Cameron

Screenwriter:

Andrea Gibb

Producer:

Ros Borland, Catherine Aitken

Music:

Paddy Cunneen

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Rob

A fine and thoughtful film, and the low budget does not detract from the professionalism of the director, crew and the whole cast. I agree that the subplot is contrived, but find the character of Kenny very convincing in the context. Paula Sage is outstanding, but this is very much an ensemble piece and obviously a work of love and passion. Well worth watching - I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't rate this film highly.

Rob

A fine and thoughtful film, and the low budget does not detract from the professionalism of the director, crew and the whole cast. I agree that the subplot is contrived, but find the character of Kenny very convincing in the context. Paula Sage is outstanding, but this is very much an ensemble piece and obviously a work of love and passion. Well worth watching - I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't rate this film highly.