Hereafter
2010
****
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Frankie McLaren, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lyndsey Marshal, Thierry Neuvic, Jay Mohr

Clint Eastwood defies expectations with this multistrand story about life after death; it’s maybe the first time his film has dealt with the supernatural. In Thailand a French TV journalist suffers a near death experience, in London a 12-year-old boy cannot get over the death of his twin brother, and in San Francisco a psychic feels cursed by his extraordinary gift. The stunning opening scene grabs you by the throat, then the narrative settles on a more sedated tone as it alternates between the three characters. Their paths eventually intersect in the contrived but moving climax. All in all, this is a powerful drama, that is, if you can accept its version of the afterlife.