Give me a handsomely mounted period drama and I’m already halfway there, and with Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke lined up for “The Aftermath,” it looks like this is going to be right in my wheelhouse.
Based on the best-selling book by Rhidian Brook, and directed by James Kent (“Testamant Of Youth“), the story follows a young woman whose post-war reunion with her husband takes an unexpected turn. Here’s the official synopsis:
THE AFTERMATH is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
No release date for the film yet, but I’d assume that Fox Searchlight will be eager to have it ready for the fall festival circuit.