I viewed it twice, deeming it "decent" the first time and "decent/pretty good" (meaning slightly above-average) on the second occasion. The three main performances (Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, and Alexander Skarsgårdare) are vigorous, there is significant emotional and sexual tension, and Franz Lustig's cinematography is elegant, as is the wintry milieu. Beverly Mills' editing is also fluid and sharp, especially during the climatic scenes. The Bridges of Madison County dilemma-meets-post-World War II historical setting is intriguing, but the movie feels a bit contrived or 'arranged' in its playing. Ultimately, I sense that it did not make enough of its war-torn context (Hamburg after the surrender) and the prospect of social unease and gossip.
But Aftermath is certainly worth seeing, and the denouement feels surprisingly true.
I saw it on Netflix. I liked it fine. It’s an intriguing examination of postwar sentiment exemplified by the human characters who express themselves by action. Oh and Keira Knightley still looks good naked and her sexy chin hasn’t lost its charm a bit.