"Children Are Precious"
What You Need To Know:
THE AFTERMATH has a brilliant script and is superbly directed by James Kent. Kent crafts a truly memorable, powerful ending that’s satisfying and moving. It’s one of the truly great, most powerful romantic endings. However, the movie contains explicit adultery scenes, nudity, brief foul language, and violence involving German terrorists still loyal to their dead fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE AFTERMATH.
THE AFTERMATH depicts a romantic triangle between a British officer, his wife and a widowed German architect in Hamburg in the wake of the Allied victory over Germany in 1945. Brilliantly scripted and directed, THE AFTERMATH has one of the great, most powerful and most satisfying romantic endings, but it contains a couple explicit adultery scenes, nudity, some strong foul language, and violence involving German terrorists still loyal to their dead fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE AFTERMATH.
The movie stars Keira Knightly as Rachel Morgan. It opens with Rachel arriving on a train in Hamburg, where her husband, Col. Lewis Morgan, is in charge of the British sector there in 1945, five months after the Allied victory over Hitler in April 1945. The British have commandeered a German architect’s house for the Colonel and his beautiful wife. Colonel Morgan is sympathetic to the architect, Stephen Lubert, because Stephen lost his wife to the Allied bombing campaign on Hamburg in 1943. So he asks Stephen, who’s raising his teenage daughter, Freda, alone, to stay in the top floor of the house, a furnished attic. Rachel, however, is upset about this decision because she and Lewis lost their son in 1942 during the German bombing campaign of Britain. She’s still haunted by their son’s sudden death and isn’t ready to forgive the Germans, even though Stephen refused to become a member of the Nazi Party.
Rachel’s unforgiving attitude upsets Stephen and his daughter. However, once Stephen learns about the death of Rachel’s son, and once Rachel learns about the death of Stephen’s wife, their icy relationship begins to melt.
Meanwhile, Rachel is having problems with her marriage with Lewis. In the first place, Lewis doesn’t even want to bring up the subject of the death of their son, while Rachel still carefully holds on to their son’s favorite sweater, lovingly placing it into the chest of drawers in their bedroom. Also, Lewis is too committed to his military job. Just when he and Rachel are starting to renew their relationship, his job repeatedly calls him away to handle some problem. So, Rachel clearly keeps asking herself, “Does my husband still love me? Does he care more about the Germans than he does about me?”
It isn’t long before Rachel and Stephen begin an affair. Ironically, the affair helps Rachel to stop brooding about the loss of her son and about her marital problems. For the first time in several years, she’s happy.
Will Rachel run away with Stephen and his daughter? Or, will Lewis find out about the affair?
THE AFTERMATH has a brilliant script and is superbly directed by James Kent. Kent crafts a truly memorable, powerful ending that’s very satisfying and very moving.
THE AFTERMATH has a redemptive, moral worldview that ultimately affirms marriage. It also extols the benefits that children bring, the potential loss that can happen when children are threatened, as well as forgiveness and compassion. Eventually, it’s the children who help solve the plot problem, including the colonel’s memory of his son. There are also touching scenes between the wife and her son and the architect and his daughter. However, these positive things and the wonderful ending are marred by a couple explicit adultery scenes, nudity, brief foul language, and violence involving German terrorists still loyal to their dead fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE AFTERMATH.