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Director Alan Rudolph offers a typically idiosyncratic look at a relationship approaching the point of collapse. Phyllis Mann (Julie Christie) and her husband Lucky (Nick Nolte) are a married couple living in Montreal whose marriage has slowly skidded to a halt. There's still a glimmer of affection left between the two, but very little love and no passion. Phyllis, a one-time horror film star, spends her days alone, often lost in her memories as she watches her old films on television, while Lucky works as a repairman and builder, often engaging in brief liaisons with the women he's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The still strkingly beautiful Julie Christie renders such as glowing performance that she alone justifies viewing this incurable, frivolous romantic serio-comedy in which she plays B-Movie actress!"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Christie is a revelation, a lilting, charming schemer ... She alone is reason enough to see this flawed and haunting film."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"In exploring the breakdown of two marriages, Alan Rudolph returns to his anatomy of the dynamics of intimacy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Certain to invoke conversations afterwards, the film exercises viewers' minds and emotions."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"How mysterious and intriguing some performances can be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Will turn off viewers before they arrive at scenes in the final third of this movie that make the previous, tedious parts forgivable."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"As a showcase for Nolte and Christie -- especially Christie -- it's splendid, and carries an emotional punch right to the bitter end."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"As far as a plot, Afterglow really doesn't have one"
‑ Doug Hennessy,
"Alan Rudolph's romantic roundelay sounds a lot more interesting than it plays."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Afterglow plants a cynical seed in its provocative examination of isolation, arbitrary emotional fulfillment, and marital stagnation. Christie dutifully fills the shoes of a wounded woman so convincingly"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Rudolph cares for his characters rather than patronizing their often foolish behavior."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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