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Wandafuru Raifu * Kore-Eda Hirokuza * 1998

after life

Do you remember that scene from Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice” in which Adam and Barbara just died and have to report at the counter? Well, “After Life” is this scene at length. People who just died come in a certain place where they are received and prepared for the afterlife. This preparation means that of all the memories, everyone has to pick one which is the only memory that will be maintained in eternity. The deceased get consults, help, etc. in order to fulfill their task. The description of the film sounded interesting, but the film is actually very boring. It keeps circling around one idea and doesn’t really go anywhere.

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