The Here After (Efterskalv). Magnus von Horn. Sweden/Poland/France.
The bleak Scandinavian chamber drama is a class of film dear to my cold heart, and Magnus von Horn’s feature debut is one of the better offerings I’ve seen come out of Sweden since the passing of the genre’s forefather, Ingmar Bergman. Immaculately lensed by Polish cinematographer Lukasz Zal (Ida), The Here After concerns John, a teenage boy just released from prison after murdering his girlfriend, and his unsuccessful attempt to reassemble himself into a town and family that still hasn’t recovered from the tragedy.
Soda Pictures in March and currently does not have U.S. distribution. In France, Nour Films will release The Here After under the title Le lendemain sometime later this year.