After the Life


Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. The third film, After the Life, much like "On the Run," mixes a hard-edged, relentless and stripped-down crime tale with a compassionate overview.
  2. We're treated to two smashing performances from Morel and Blanc, and all of the mysteries raised before are satisfyingly resolved.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A straight-up drama and thus the only film in "The Trilogy" not forced into a genre straitjacket -- suspense thriller ("On the Run") or farce ("An Amazing Couple") -- "Life" is also the finest of the three. This isn't a coincidence.
  4. Genre-hoppers like Steven Soderbergh ought to love this neat triple doozy. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.]
  5. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    What we glean from Belvaux’s trilogy is the reassurance (rare on film, with its terror of inattention) that people are both important and unimportant, and that heroes and leading ladies, in life as in art, can fade into extras before our eyes. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.] [2 February 2004, p. 94]
  6. At its most contemplative, The Trilogy is a stirring and shrewd portrait of lives lived in oblivious parallel. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.]
  7. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    It certainly wraps the trilogy on a very powerful, emotionally draining note. It's refreshing to see the precision and audacity with which Belvaux and his excellent cast succeed in imbuing the increasingly familiar story with completely new angles, insights and nuances.
  8. The most assured of the three films.
  9. Blanc is completely without vanity in showing the physical deterioration wrought by addiction. Her performance is as chilling as Lee Remick's in "Days of Wine and Roses.''
  10. Central to the last film's success are Manise and Blanc, who invest the story with intensity unmatched since Belvaux stormed through the first feature.
  11. The very effectiveness of After the Life's depiction of its main characters makes its immediate predecessor seem that much more of a waste.
  12. 60
    Doesn't function nearly as well as a standalone piece, mainly because it's stuck with the thankless task of mopping up after the other two.
  13. 60
    Belvaux is no Douglas Sirk, but the film is an admirable, if uneven, conclusion to an audacious project.
  14. Mr. Belvaux's sensitive, generous way with actors suggests that, with more discipline and less gimmickry, he might have made a single masterwork, and After the Life provides the best support for this assessment.
  15. 50
    This overcrowded, overheated scenario, with many scenes repeated from the first two films, keeps us so busy tracking all the overlapping storylines, we have no time to imagine what they might mean.

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  1. JeremyC.
    Sep 25, 2006
    Forget about Inarritu's gimmicks, forget about Soderberg's classy shallowness and above all, forget about that oscar-winning Forget about Inarritu's gimmicks, forget about Soderberg's classy shallowness and above all, forget about that oscar-winning crashing disaster. This trilogy is the real deal, Rashomon and Short Cuts rolled into one. You don't like it? It's simple: you don't deserve it. Full Review »