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Afterwards poster.jpg
French promotional poster
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
Produced by Olivier Delbosc
Christian Gagné
Christian Larouche
Marc Missonnier
Screenplay by Gilles Bourdos
Michel Spinosa
Based on Et après...
by Guillaume Musso
Starring Romain Duris
John Malkovich
Evangeline Lilly
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Mark Lee Ping Bin
Edited by Valérie Deseine
Distributed by Seville Pictures
Release date
  • September 7, 2008 (2008-09-07) (TIFF)
  • January 14, 2009 (2009-01-14) (France)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget C$10 million
Box office $3.3 million[1]

Afterwards (French: Et après) is a 2008 English-language psychological thriller film directed by Gilles Bourdos and starring Romain Duris, John Malkovich and Evangeline Lilly. Based on Guillaume Musso's novel Et après..., the story tells of a workaholic lawyer who is told by a self-proclaimed visionary that he must try to prevent his imminent death. The film was shot in New York City, Montreal and various New Mexico locations over June to July 2007, and had a French release in January 2009.


As a child, Nathan Del Amico (Duris) 'dies' in an accident, but comes 'back'. Years later, now a career-driven New York plaintiff's lawyer obsessed with work, he meets Joseph Kay (Malkovich), a doctor who claims that he can foresee other people's deaths, and that he is a "messenger" sent to help Nathan put his life's priorities in order. Nathan and his wife (Lilly) had recently lost their son to SIDS, leading to their divorce. Once Nathan is convinced about the doctor's ability, he visits his ex-wife and daughter in New Mexico.


  • Romain Duris as Nathan Del Amico, a workaholic New York lawyer whose success has led him to neglect his wife and daughter[2]
  • John Malkovich as Joseph Kay, a doctor who claims to be able to predict people's deaths[2]
  • Evangeline Lilly as Claire, Nathan's recently divorced wife and childhood sweetheart[3][4]
  • Reece Thompson as Jeremy[5]
  • Sara Waisglass as Tracey, the daughter
  • Sophi Knight as 7 year old Claire


Gilles Bourdos and Michel Spinosa wrote Afterwards as a film adaptation of Guillaume Musso's French novel Et après.... The film, a C$10 million co-production between Canada's Christal Films Productions and France's Fidélité Films, was filmed over six weeks in New York, Quebec and New Mexico.[3] Filming in Manhattan commenced on June 4, 2007.[2] Production moved to New Mexico from June 15–19, where scenes were shot at various locations in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Jemez Springs and Tularosa.[6] Filming resumed in Montreal on July 7 and lasted for approximately 25 days;[2] the city was chosen as a filming location for its tax deduction incentives and the ease in making "Montreal look like anywhere in the world".[3] Though writer/director Bourdos is French, as is Musso's adapted novel and co-financier Christal Films Productions, Afterwards was shot almost entirely in English.[3]


The film had its world premiere on September 7, 2008 at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, looking for a U.S. distribution buyer. It was theatrically released by Mars Distribution on January 14, 2009 in France and Belgium,[7] earning US$159,500 from 250 screens on its opening weekend in France.[8] It went on to gross $1.1 million in its first week and ranked fifth in the Paris area.[9]

Seville Pictures bought the rights to the film's Canadian distribution from Christal Films,[10] which also produced the film and provided 30% of finances.[3]


  1. ^ "Afterwards". Box Office Mojo. 
  2. ^ a b c d Armstrong-Boileau, Julie (April 13, 2007). "John Malkovich, Evangeline Lilly and Romain Duris shooting Afterwards in Canada this summer". CNW Group. Retrieved October 19, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Bailey, Patricia (May 14, 2007). "Malkovich, Lilly set for Afterwards". Playback. Retrieved October 19, 2008. 
  4. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (July 6, 2007). "Interview: Actor Romain Duris, the sultan of suave". The Independent. Retrieved October 19, 2008. 
  5. ^ Nash, Steve (August 1, 2007). "Reece Thompson: Definitely Funnier than Rocket Science". The 213 Magazine. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Governor Bill Richardson Announces Afterwards to be filmed in New Mexico" (Press release). New Mexico Film Office. May 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2008. 
  7. ^ Besserglik, Bernard (January 16, 2009). ""Afterwards" abounds in mysticism, lacks punch". Reuters. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  8. ^ Thomas, Archie (January 16, 2009). "'Slumdog' aims to be top dog in U.K." Variety. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ Segers, Frank (January 18, 2009). "'Seven Pounds' tops overseas boxoffice". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 23 January 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  10. ^ Jaafar, Ali (January 27, 2009). "E1 Films receives 'An Education'". Variety. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2009. 

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