The Afterlight
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The Afterlight
In a desolate stretch of farm country, a young couple attempts to leave their complicated past behind in hopes of starting a new life. Andrew and Claire find themselves far from their roots. They move into an old schoolhouse that sits on the edge of a farm inhabited by an elderly widow and her blind niece, Maria. While the local media report on an approaching solar eclipse, the arrival of Andrew and Claire sets off an elusive chain of events that will alter the lives of everyone around them. As their relationship deteriorates under the pressure of their isolation, Claire withdraws and develops… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's hard to embrace this glacially paced, symbolism-heavy film's elusive - when it's not being elliptical - story about a city couple's escape to rural life."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Afterlight proceeds without much discernible plot or character development, its objects and places exuding more backstory than its people, though Rip Torn as the father of the sole male protagonist lends a certain woodsy authenticity."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"The director-writer-editor pair, and cinematographer White, show a sheer love of moviemaking that often makes their film a joy to watch."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Movie City News
"Unfortunately, the subdued tone only adds distance, not depth, to their unstated issues."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Tempering the film's oppressive emotions, the cinematographer ZoŽ White's exquisite compositions charge leaden rain clouds and rustling branches with eerie life, and dusty indoor corners with shadowy secrets."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A quietly intense, engrossing and intelligent drama brimming with haunting imagery and poignant lyricism."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Promises more illumination than it delivers."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[This] proudly minimalist affair favors ambiguity over soap-operatics."
‑ , Time Out New York
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