Details: (R18+), 119 mins, United States, English
Synopsis: In the city of Montreal, corporate climber Jeffrey Byron (Jonny Lee Miller) is about to close another lucrative business deal. His wife Marianne Byron (Lara Flynn Boyle) is desperate to have a baby; Marianne tracks her fertility cycle, while Jeffrey tracks the stock market. Across town, Lucky ‘Fix-It’ Mann (Nick Nolte), a repair contractor arrives home, and finds his wife, Phyllis Mann (Julie Christie), a former B-movie actress, in a nostalgic haze, watching tapes of her old films. As usual. The marriage is in limbo, Lucky free to womanise as he will, because Phyllis’s bed is cold. There is something in the past that haunts them, debilitates them both. The other couple are younger, but equally debiloitated. The four characters begin interacting when Marianne phones Lucky for repairs and he offers to repair more than the lock on her door. Separately, both Phyllis and Jeffrey track them, discovering, not just the lovers, but each other, amidst the pain.
A handyman with marital problems meets a housewife with the same.
Arriving after Alan Rudolph`s previous effort Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle which seems by comparison a very brittle film, Afterglow is a pleasant surprise and full of full of compassion. Its characters are coincidentally linked .... Lucky Mann - Nick Nolte - has a tender, sad relationship with his wife Phyllis - Julie Christie. She`s a former B-movie star who reclines in her negligee watching reruns of her old movies. Lucky`s a handyman and he does more for the women he visits than fix their pipes. Lucky`s a ladies man, and Phyllis is aware of it even though she doesn`t want to know any details ... Marianne - Lara Flynn Boyle - is a frustrated yuppie, married to successful whiz kid Jeffry - Jonny Lee Miller. She`s desperate to have babies, he doesn`t want to know about it or her for that matter. But Lucky isn`t just a wham bam thank you mam sort of guy - he has a sensitive soul towards the women in his life ..... Rarely does Alan Rudolph let you come close to his characters, but with Afterglow he does. This is raw emotional territory he drags us through, to the extent that I ended up in floods of tears as Tom Waits sang \"Somewhere\" over the end credits. Rudolph wrote and directed. The film`s dominated by Julie Christie looking as involved and removed as she always has but with a patina of life on her that is so damned beautiful. Nolte seems to exert more energy as Lucky than he has in roles recently.... and this is really their story .... Lara Flynn Boyle and Jonny Lee Miller are almost plastic substitues in comparison but their pain is real too. I really like the territory explored in Afterglow, I loved the performances, I loved the way Rudolph has given the film to us ... I was really hoping to like this film, I`m so glad I did
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