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THE AFTERMATH is set in post war Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), 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 (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.


  • Keira Knightley
  • Ned Wills
  • Pandora Colin
  • Jason Clarke
  • Anna Katharina Schimrigk
  • Jack Laskey
  • Fionn O'Shea
  • Kate Phillips
  • Martin Compston
  • Alexander Skarsgård

Did You Know?


  • This will be Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke's second collaboration since Everest (2015). In both films, they are married to each other.
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  • The book, the movie trailer, and the distributor's promotional material all set the story in 1946. However, one of the opening title cards says "Six months after the end of the war." Since Germany surrendered in May 1945, that would move the start of the story back one year to November 1945/Christmas 1945 instead of 1946.
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    • Rachael Morgan: You didn't tell me what I was walking into.
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Verified Review

Beautiful sets, gorgeous scenery, beautiful mansion. Interesting story which is revealed in bits and pieces as the story is told. I thought it was engaging. I learned something of history as well. Well worth the time and money.

Maria Luisa C
Verified Review

boring predictable and slow.

Hunter H


Feb 18, 2019

The Aftermath works best when looking at the bewildered people who have been left behind, literally, to pick up the pieces. The savage loss of family members still reverberates through empty rooms and ruined landscapes.

Metacritic review by Fionnuala Halligan
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
Feb 18, 2019

Where it might have been an old-fashioned melodrama with credible historical appeal, instead it suggests an old-school celluloid epic whose print has lost a reel or two.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 18, 2019

Director James Kent’s adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s 2014 novel — about a ghost-like Germany, a broken British marriage, and the healing powers of a passionate thaw — has the unfortunate quality of a hot-blooded soap grafted onto rather than merged with a historical-political drama.

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele