The Afterlight
The Afterlight (2010)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ronnie Scheib

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.

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Michael Wilmington
Movie City News

The director-writer-editor pair, and cinematographer White, show a sheer love of moviemaking that often makes their film a joy to watch.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Unfortunately, the subdued tone only adds distance, not depth, to their unstated issues.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York 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.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A quietly intense, engrossing and intelligent drama brimming with haunting imagery and poignant lyricism.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Promises more illumination than it delivers.

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Time Out

[This] proudly minimalist affair favors ambiguity over soap-operatics.

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