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Clint Eastwood

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2009
  • Language: English
  • Producer: Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy, Robert Lorenz
  • Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Tim Moore, Peter Morgan
  • Screenplay: Peter Morgan
  • Runtime: 123
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The story of three people haunted by mortality in different ways, Hereafter stars Matt Damon as a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, a French journalist (Cécile De France), has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when London schoolboy Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren) loses the person closest to him, he needs answers. Each in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what might – or must – exist in the hereafter. The film also stars Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, Marthe Keller, Thierry Neuvic and Derek Jacobi.

DramaSpiritualityIllness & Death

screening times

    • Sunday September 12
    • 9:00:00 PM

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Peter Morgan (writer of The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United) has penned an iconoclastic script that has lured American icon Clint Eastwood away from his usual directorial terrain. Hereafter is an eerie examination of the afterlife and marks a considerable change of pace for Eastwood as a director. Despite its fascination with the supernatural, Hereafter is very much reflective of contemporary fears, and Eastwood does a superb job sketching the anxieties and insecurities felt by his characters.

Hereafter traces three parallel stories about a triumvirate of people who have all been affected by death in different ways. The film begins with a powerful sequence that portrays one of the character’s brushes with death in chilling detail; her beachside resort is hit by a tsunami. A famous French television reporter, Marie (Cécile de France) is traumatized by the event and, given a leave of absence from her job, decides to write a book about the experience. Meanwhile, George (Matt Damon), an American factory worker, tries to escape from the fact that he is somehow able to communicate with the dead, while resisting his brother’s demands that the two of them go into business to capitalize on his powers. And the final part of the triad centres around two young twins living in England. Their mother is a drug addict and the two children try to keep social services at bay until a terrible accident brings death into their lives.

Eastwood follows the ups-and-downs of each of the socio-economically distinct narratives, before bringing his three stories together in a powerful denouement. Roving around the world – London, Chamonix, San Francisco, Hawaii – Hereafter is a disquieting work about death made by a director whose reputation is second to none, and yet refuses to sit on his laurels.

Piers Handling

director bio

Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco and is one of the foremost actors of his time. He has starred in many films, including A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (65), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (66), Where Eagles Dare (68), Coogan's Bluff (68), Hang 'Em High (68), Dirty Harry (71) and Escape from Alcatraz (79). He has directed more than thirty-five films, many of which have been nominated for Academy Awards®, including Unforgiven (92) and Million Dollar Baby (04), both of which won for best picture and best director and earned him a nomination for best actor; and Mystic River (04) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), which were both nominated for best picture and best director. Hereafter (10) is his most recent film.

full credits

Principal Cast: Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, George McLaren, Frankie McLaren
Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy, Robert Lorenz
Executive Producer:
Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Tim Moore, Peter Morgan
Tom Stern
Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach
Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Clint Eastwood
Production Designer:
James J. Murakami

Canadian Distributor:
 Warner Bros Canada  
International Sales Agent:
 Warner Bros
Production Company:
Warner Bros Pictures
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