Afterglow (1997)


“I love the sound of wet tyres – it reminds me of the movies.” – Phyllis

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two couples try to deal with the monotony and unhappiness of their relationships by starting affairs with strangers.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite some time due to the fact that it contains a performance by Julie Christie that got her nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work.

Unfortunately, this film was a pretty big disappointment.

The overall premise is quite intriguing yet the way that things are presented take so much away from any real impact intended here.

The characters remain much too mysterious throughout the film and instead of feeling developed and complex, they all come across as being quite shallow since we aren’t aware of the actual reason that the are not revealing information.

The cast of this film is amazing with Christie being joined by Nick Nolte, Lara Flynn Boyle and Johnny Lee Miller.

Unfortunately they all feel wasted here because their characters all feel as if they are being presented to us in too much of a physical way instead of an emotional or intellectual one.

Christie’s work here is far from being among her best and I’m a bit curious how she managed to get nominated for her work here.

This is a film that tries much too hard to try and surprise and shock the audience throughout the run time and that doesn’t allow things to flow smoothly enough and that hurts things too much which is quite a shame because the potential was here.

Bottom Line – Interesting overall idea that doesn’t work as well as it might have. The characters remain too mysterious throughout the film and they come across as too shallow throughout most of the film instead of feeling more complex and developed. The amazing cast is largely wasted in these roles due to the way things are presented in a physical way as opposed to allowing us to see things from a more cerebral perspective. Nolte, Boyle, Christie and Miller aren’t able to make this story more impactful because it feels as if they have their hands tied around their backs throughout the story. Christie was nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film and it is far from being among her best or most complex roles of her career.  They try much too hard to try and surprise the viewer with numerous points throughout the story and this doesn’t help the story flow more smoothly which is unfortunate.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lara Flynn Boyle is named after Julie Christie’s character in Doctor Zhivago (1965). This is the first time they act together. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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