Parents' Guide to

The Aftermath

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lingerie and tears shed in morally complex historical drama.

Movie R 2019 109 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Excellent movie

This is an amazing movie. There is some nudity and some language. I think that it was well put together and shows what happens sometimes during WWII.
age 18+

Reality of the effects of WW2 never discussed

The reality of what happens after war it's really sad the effects on people and the stereotypical judgement . The depression no one talks about this it's really important because war goes on for years after it's finished physically. noine ever talks about what it does to society we needed world war II happen because the Germans would not stop . It affected more than one country so many people the hate-filled anger they had was horrible

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Heart-wrenching performances punctuate this sophisticated, literary film about the messy aftermath of war. The film's title is a broad blanket that addresses the toll a war exacts on a city, a people, and families. Based on the novel by Rhidian Brook, it's a subtle emotional journey played to perfection by a cast who bring their A-game to complicated characters. Clarke's Col. Morgan is a stiff-upper-lip war hero who compartmentalizes the horrors he's seen and the loss he's experienced -- but can rip someone's heart out in the blink of an eye. Knightley is devastating as a woman who's struggling with her grief and loneliness so acutely that you might wish you could give her a hug (and an acting award). The script plays out like a psychology textbook in its most captivating form: Given human need and nature, it seems there was no other way for the dominoes to fall.

With impressive production design, director James Kent re-creates 1945 Hamburg and a situation few have likely considered: What was it like following the end of World War II, when the very people who razed a city to the ground had to live among the survivors to give them aid? Which of course, isn't the same thing as comfort -- and that's part of the complexity the viewer is forced to contemplate. What was the right thing to do? Could someone trust their former enemy? Is an entire nation responsible for the actions of its government? Can a person be complicit to evil and still be "good"? While parents may want to steer younger teens away from the film because of its mature visuals, The Aftermath concretely portrays the idea that, no matter which side claims victory, there's no winner in war.

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