Hereafter is so far one more Eastwood kind of flick that position as the finest American film because it connects both heart & mind with its story of 3 characters in diverse parts of the world detached from life.
In Paris, a well-known and brilliant TV reporter Marie (Cecile deFrance) momentarily passes away during a terrible natural tragedy and has a hallucination of what she imagines may be her life after death. Flipside at home she can't get the understanding out of her mind and her fascination bullies her high-up career and friendships.
In San Francisco, lonesome, an older factory worker George (Matt Damon) can talk to the deceased but his ‘souvenir’ makes it unfeasible for him to structure relationships with people.
Lastly in South London, young brothers Marcus & Jason (George & Frankie McClaren) struggles to fend off social workers from taking their druggie Mum (Lyndsey Marchal) away, but when disaster strikes, Marcus finds himself all and no-one else & anxiously to converse to his much-loved brother one more time.
This is Eastwood's most silent film and one of his extremely finest. The director has for eternity showed up a liking for stressing character in excess of plot, but here he goes an extra than ever before. Hereafter has more or less no design, a third of it is subtitled, there's no desperado, the film demands questions without delivering answers, the actors don't actually 'perform' in any Hollywood intellect of the idiom, the most stunning scene comes right at the beginning instead of at the finish, and finally death is the preliminary point for both the characters & the narrative, rather than the climax.
The film features three ordinary people, not the polished up superheroes of so much modern American cinema, the mood isn't one of superseding anger or abandon but is sympathetic and caring, kind of thoughtful and in its tranquility which is extraordinarily convincing.
The actors are unexpected astonishing. Matt Damon gives the finest performance and his lonesome supernatural that pains for human to get in touch with is so deepest and one will definitely find totally rooting for him. Cecile deFrance, looking a slight young; Julie Christie, is merely great here, both clever & weak, & the McClaren twins have a simplicity and genuineness that just works and impressive.
Apart from the art, the craft side picturized by Eastwood is just as striking, as the film moves effortlessly between the 3 story lines in 10mins portion, which is with respect to his Eastwood's first rate editors Joel Cox & Gary Roach should be admirable. Tom Stern's outstanding photography gives each location such as Paris, San Francisco & London, a total distinct look. Finally on the musical side Eastwood himself adds a beautiful and cautiously used piano part, which is also a string impressive.
Morgan's script is very much notable and praiseworthy. One of the most entertaining sequences shows Marcus trips a series of defraud men 'psychics' each of who offers more and more absurd methods of get in touch with the life after death or can be called as spirit world. Morgan's script is so intensely kindly towards the need for those who've lost their respective loved ones, not just to feel sad, but to also talk in public, and just so on, everything was so awe-touching.
Hereafter doesn't say there is life after death, or it doesn't make believe to have any answers, it just purely asks the question and it does so with intellect & sympathy that it tells a legend about people under the outline of death that has still yet to come down on the side of life, love & simple human connection, not with ghosts, but with each other. On the whole, simply remarkable!