Starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke, Aftermath is a different kind of post war period piece, that depicts the trauma and devastation that has overcome the city of Hamburg, after losing WWII. The film’s post-apocalyptic visuals are quite powerful, but what makes this drama thus more enticing, is the passion and betrayal that unravels as 2 families entwine in an effort to cope with loss, grief, guilt and duty.
Set in postwar Germany 1946, Knightley takes on a dramatic part of a mourning wife, who is reunited with her British colonel husband (Jason Clarke) in the shattered city of Hamburg. When discovering that they will be sharing a mansion with its previous owner (Alexander Skarsgård) and his daughter, a surprising twist and unexpected decision leads to passion and inevitable betrayal, as a coping mechanism for the grief and spite they all feel.
Blackfilm.com correspondent Jenny Karakaya had a chance to sit down with the cast in London a few weeks ago, to chat about the film and their impressive performances. Respectively charming, both Skarsgard and Clarke talked about embodying their characters, their interpretation and take on the state of affairs during that time, why they chose to star in this particular film and what they’d like to do next. See what they had to say about Aftermath, which opens wide in the US today.