The Aftermath (15)



Romance (2019)
109mins UK/US/Ger

Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, Jason Clarke
Director: James Kent
Writer(s): Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

There is a chill in the air of 1945 Hamburg, five months after the Allied victory, as Rachael Morgan arrives in the city to join her husband Lewis, a British colonel who must combat any residual German resistance. Lewis requisitions a large mansion belonging to widowed architect Stefan Lubert and consigns the owner and his 15-year-old daughter Freda to the attic. Sexual tension simmers between Rachael and Stefan, and when Lewis is called away to deal with a crisis, passions boil over.

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The Aftermath (15)

A wartime love triangle set against the backdrop of a devastated and defeated Germany makes for surprisingly gloomy viewing in James Kent's handsome but emotionally starved drama based on the novel by Rhidian Brook. Adapted for the screen by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, The Aftermath gifts Keira Knightley another elegantly attired but emotionally stifled heroine, whose sexual awakening wreaks havoc on everyone within her orbit...

The Aftermath. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Alexander Skarsgard as Stefan Lubert, Jason Clarke as Lewis Morgan and Keira Knightley as Rachael Morgan in The Aftermath, directed by James Kent. Photo: David Appleby. All Rights Reserved.The smouldering rubble of Hamburg, which was hit by more bombs in one weekend than London suffered during the whole of the Second World War, mirrors the psychological ruins of the affection-starved characters, who have suffered tragic loses during the conflict. Director Kent ventured into similarly fraught territory - albeit during the First World War - in his handsomely crafted 2014 picture Testament Of Youth, which was galvanised by committed performances from Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington and Taron Egerton. Bruised and broken hearts are considerably older and wiser here but the pedestrian tug-of-war between Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke for Knightley's stiff-upper-lipped affections fails to get the blood pumping.

There is a chill in the air of 1945 Hamburg, five months after the Allied victory, as Rachael Morgan (Knightley) arrives in the city to join her husband Lewis (Clarke), a British colonel who must combat any residual German resistance. Lewis requisitions a large mansion belonging to widowed architect Stefan Lubert (Alexander Skarsgard) and consigns the host and his 15-year-old daughter Freda (Flora Thiemann) to the attic while the Morgans make use of the bedrooms and an open-plan living room complete with piano. The household staff including Heike (Anna Katharina Schimrigk) are duty bound to serve the British intruders. They whisper snide remarks about Rachael moving ornaments and furniture: "She's making herself at home... like a maggot in the bacon!" The new lady of the manor is visibly uncomfortable sharing quarters with the enemy, having lost a young son to German bombs in London. Her husband's friend and fellow officer Burnham (Martin Compston) echoes these sentiments and drunkenly humiliates Stefan during one house party. Unthinkably, sexual tension simmers between Rachael and Stefan, and when Lewis is called away to deal with a crisis, passions boil over. Meanwhile, impressionable Freda falls under the spell of a local boy, Albert (Jannik Schumann), who is steadfastly committed to the Nazi movement.

The Aftermath melts at a similar pace to ice covering Hamburg, even with a couple of artfully staged sex scenes involving Knightley and Skarsgard. Kent's lens swoons at his actors in a state of beautifully lit undress but he neglects to crank up dramatic tension. When the moment comes for Rachael to stand by one of her men, we have little invested in the outcome and its repercussions.

- Jo Planter

The Aftermath. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Alexander Skarsgard as Stefan Lubert, Jason Clarke as Lewis Morgan and Keira Knightley as Rachael Morgan in The Aftermath, directed by James Kent. Photo: David Appleby. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 15th March
To Thursday 21st March

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Everyman Altrincham
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burgess Hill, The Orion Cinema, Burgess Hill
- Burnham-on-Sea, Ritz
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Chapter
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Ely, Cineworld Ely
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Frome, Westway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Plaza Community Cinema
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, The Palace Cinema
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sandwich, Empire Cinema
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Cineworld Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Worksop, Savoy Cinema
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 22nd March
To Thursday 28th March

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Chesterfield, Pomegranate Theatre
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dereham, The Orion Cinema, Dereham
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Ely, Cineworld Ely
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Square Chapel Arts Centre
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lerwick, Mareel
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Louth, Playhouse
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penrith, Rheged Centre
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Poole, Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wolverhampton, Light House
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- York, Vue York


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