Keira Knightley’s new post-World War II period drama movie is out in UK cinemas now.
The official synopsis reads: “Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city.
“But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter.
“In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.”
Watch the trailer:
The Aftermath also stars Jason Clarke (First Man) and Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies).
We’ve rounded up a selection of reviews to help you decide if you’d like to watch it:
“The bones of the story have been played a million times, but a talented and committed cast make this swoonsome rather than samey.” ★★★ – Empire
“The Aftermath is all style and little substance but Jason Clarke saves it from being terrible.” ★★★ – The Sun
“A clunky script and a flat central romance turn what could have been a searing Second World War drama into a flawed adaptation.” ★★ – The Times
“It looks great but it lacks bite … A cynical person might summarise this movie as ‘Brief Encounter Goes to the Third Reich’.” ★★★ – The Arts Desk
“Keira Knightley’s dress is the star turn in this soapy, awkward tale of infidelity in war-ravaged Hamburg … Though its plotting becomes soapy somewhere in the first act, things eventually build to a satisfying emotional finale. Still, something is missing; the tone frustrates, caught awkwardly between lusty, full-out melodrama and thin period drama.” ★★ – The Guardian
“Throws away its historic potential, but Jason Clarke is excellent.” ★★★ – Independent.ie
“From the opening that crawls along like an arthritic sloth to the frantic dash for the closing credits, The Aftermath is a post-wartime love triangle drama that champions The Bleeding Obvious with every frame.” ★★ Evening Standard
The Aftermath will be released in the USA on Friday 15th March.
Rhidian Brook’s original novel is available on Amazon.