After the Life: Trilogy 3
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After Life is the third film in Lucas Belvaux's ambitious Trilogy, following On the Run, a thriller, and An Amazing Couple, a romantic comedy. After Life features the same characters as the other two films and happens over the same time period, but it's a melodrama, and the focus is on Pascal (Gilbert Melki), a cop, and his wife, Agnes (Dominique Blanc), a teacher, who is also a morphine addict. Agnes depends on Pascal to supply her with morphine, and he in turn has an arrangement to procure the drug from a nefarious local businessman, Jaquillat (Patrick Descamps). When a violent… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Each movie casts light on the others. And after watching all three, a profound blending of the stories percolates in your head."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"While it functions independently as a sad, ultimately moving portrait of a deeply codependent couple, the film also emerges as the most richly resonant of The Trilogy."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"If I had to recommend just one film out of the three, it would be this one."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The most intimate and moving of the three films. What's most compelling about this installment is its frank exploration of a couple mired in co-dependency."
‑ Annlee Ellingson,
"It's an engrossing experience, although at least one story strand...doesn't pass muster when viewed a second time."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"If On the Run is the most riveting and shocking of the three, and An Amazing Couple the funniest and most engaging, After the Life is the most touching and dramatic."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The Trilogy's amazing partnership is Agnès and Pascal's. With After the Life's tango of enabler and addict, Belvaux finally delivers emotional resonance."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Works well on its own, but it makes the other two films better still by filling in their gaps and thus making the overall series a good deal more interesting."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"The Trilogy's narrative structure may be considered a gimmick, but it's one that is thoroughly compelling... as all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place."
‑ Kent Turner,
"One particularly brilliant achievement of Belvaux's is the intimate access it affords to every character's story as bit players and central figures change roles."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"[Blanc's] performance is as chilling as Lee Remick's in Days of Wine and Roses."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"If you have committed to the entire project ... this chapter leaves you not only with a sense of completion but of an ascension to a hard-won grace."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's enjoyably messy, melodramatic entertainment."
‑ , E! Online
""After Life," takes a more somber tone than the first two films [in "The Trilogy"]"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Belvaux is no Douglas Sirk, but the film is an admirable, if uneven, conclusion to an audacious project."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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