The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



Hereafter, an almost contemplative film, weaves together three stories of very different people who are trying to come to terms with death, loss and their connections with others. The main characters are a San Francisco psychic, a boy traumatized by the death of his twin brother, and a woman whose near-death experience in the Indonesian tsunami changes her life.

In Hereafter, Cécile De France and
In Hereafter, Cécile De France and Matt Damon play people who are touched by death in different ways.

Director Clint Eastwood refuses to take sides for or against psychic mediums, the universal nature of near-death experiences, or communication between people in this world with those on the other side.

He remains open to those possibilities and their relevance to those whose lives have been transformed by these experiences. Hereafter also reveals how uncomfortable people get when thinking about death and what happens after death.

We commend Eastwood for making such a poignant and meaningful movie (Warner Home Video, PG-13 for mature thematic elements, disturbing disaster/accident images, language).


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