|Starring:||Lindsay Duncan, Shirley Henderson, Paula Sage, Kevin McKidd, James Laurenson|
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Sep 2010|
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This film has issuesBy thrappo (10 reviews) from Thrapston , 17 Jan 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]If you like films which addresses more difficult 'issues', this is one for you. From the start it dives into euthanasia, then quickly moves through rights of the mentally disabled to experience risks of life, love vs sex, dealing with difficult life decisions where there is no right answer, and long term care of the disabled.
Paula Sage carries the film - she helps those who do not come into regular contact with learning disability to look beyond the body into the person inside.
Unfulfilled ambition is a recurring theme for the able bodied while Roberta (Paula Sage) shows how she is able to achieve hers in her spare time.
I only scored a five for the film, because despite the above, I thought Kenny (Kevin McKidd) overplayed the bad guy - I couldn't believe anyone could be so egocentric at the start of the film, but then maybe I've just lived a sheltered life!
Overall a good film to make you smile...and think.
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Afterlife, far better than After Life (another review)By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 23 Aug 2012A well crafted, well written and well acted drama about a journalist whose mother is dying of cancer. He is then subsequently forced to care for his younger sister who has Downs Syndrome. The role of his sister Roberta is played excellently by the real-life Down's Syndrome sufferer Paula Sage, who adds much charm and a little humour to the film. I can't quite understand why this film has so many poor or mediocore reviews, it is certainly worth your viewing time.
A Rare Exception in UK FilmmakingBy Mooke (46 reviews) from mcr , 27 Dec 2010Mighty Fine Film This One!!! A Rare Treasure in UK Film-making; so glad my wife decided to order this one. Enjoy!!
waste of your lifeBy a customer from Paisley, Scotland , 13 May 2009Watching this film is a waste of time. It is the most rubbish thing I've ever seen.
The best thing I can say about it is the two main characters, the brother and sister each put in fab performances as actors.
It's a pity they were given such a suckie script and no plot.
The issue giving the film it's name was never properly addressed, in fact it was barely mentioned.
Nice idea, pity it never came to much.
Couldn't face itBy a customer from Warrington , 01 Mar 2009Not sure how this one got on my list, but when I read the resume when it arrived I just couldn't face watching it. Too many 'issues' for me to class as entertainment.
Gets you thinking about your own life afterBy a customer from Buckfastleigh , 30 Oct 2008After life you aren't quite finished with the life you were yet; you get sent to a way station; there, you've got 3 days to come up with the most memorable moment of your life. You've got to be careful choosing it; cus you're gonna have to live with it for the rest of eternity. Yes, just that one moment. The moment that means it all - about your life, on earth, as you.
And if you can't choose? You get left behind in the way station to become a 'helper'; helping the freshly dead pick, script, re-enact - and commit their 'one magic moment' to film. And then - poof!, you're gone, off to the ever after after life, condemned to relive your filmic, epiphianic, moment forever.
Films about life after death always bring on melancholy, and this one's no exception. While you're watching you might be - like i was - reflecting on what defining moment from your own life you would choose .
I drifted off a bit into my own personal and private reverie After Life faded merely the film background for my own Golden Moment to preciously loom into view .
Moving moments of the movie we/I called our life: how the sunlight warmed your face that Thursday morning in June a bus ride on the first day of summer . jumping off in the moonlight resting head on mothers lap as she cleans your ears .. the white-wash drying in the Monday afternoon breeze
Remembering love .remembering comfort remembering rapture 'I'm able to affirm my life' .
Or maybe - no, probably - life didn't work out exactly as you wanted, 'Everything was so-so, was just so-so'.
The film is deliberately matter-of-fact; there's no special effects, no celestial choirs, no angelic flim-flam. There's a laboriousness over how memories are picked over to get moments feeling right and redolent with their precise meanings. The helpers are pragmatic, anti-sentimental, almost bureaucratic in their pedantic attention to detail.
The film is visually underwhelming. And although intellectually satisfying feels emotionally underwhelming.
This moved me tho: 'I searched inside myself for any memory of happiness. Now I've learned, i was part of someone else's happiness. What a wonderful discovery'.
Being a 'part of someone else's happiness' affirming their Moment. I liked that change of emphasis. Life isn't only about meaning moi.