After the Life

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    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.
  3. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    80
    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]
  4. 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.''
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JeremyC.
    Sep 25, 2006
    9
    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. Expand

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