After Fall, Winter


Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 11% · 9 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68% · 500 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.5/10 10 968 968


Top cast

Diane Davis as Columbia Grad Student
Deborah Twiss as Caroline
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1.18 GB
English 2.0
24 fps
2 hr 11 min
Seeds 13
2.19 GB
English 2.0
24 fps
2 hr 11 min
Seeds 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Astraether 6 / 10

Engaging... Until the End

I was flipping around one night and caught the second half of this film, so admittedly I haven't seen it from the beginning. I was immediately captivated by the dialogue and chemistry between the two leads. Or rather, I was captivated by Lizzie Brocheré's performance, and I got drawn into the burgeoning relationship between these two flawed people. It reminded me a little of "Before Sunrise," one of my favorite romantic films, for its honest, realistic dialogue and the way you get to "fall in love" right along with these two.

*** May Contain Spoilers *** I was hopeful about the aspects of BDSM, thinking the film might try and treat the subject with realism and sensitivity--unfortunately, instead, those elements just seemed to turn into a plot vehicle at the end. And the end... ugh. If this had been a book I would have chucked it across the room. It just turned so ridiculously melodramatic and silly. I can see what the writer intended--another tragic take on "Romeo and Juliet," but it just didn't fly with me. And the implication that BDSM led them down that path is just insulting, to paraphrase what another reviewer said.

Overall, I gave it a 6. The dialogue and performances kept me engaged, and I was pleased to see such range in Lizzie Brocheré, whom I'd seen only in "American Horror Story" previously. I hope she goes on to bigger and better things--she deserves it. The writer/director/star, Eric Schaeffer, well, he should maybe get back to writing some more, and come up with his own endings instead of ripping off Shakespeare, and not in a good way.

Reviewed by markmenachem-621-220699 7 / 10

Wonderful lead actress rates a 9, terrible lead actor, a 5

Lizzie Brochere was just about perfect. With her excellent command of the English language that sometimes needed subtle correction, to her vulnerability and an inner sadness that made you want to hold and protect her, she was great. I would see anything she was in. Her counterpart, writer/director Schaeffer, was annoying. As a struggling, depressed, overly self-absorbed writer, he apparently had one extremely successful novel and could never achieve the same level of success again. Lizzie relates that she did read his novel and found it wonderful, revealing an intimate, sensitive, honest portrait of the writer. Somehow, the qualities that he exhibited back then were long gone. He was anything but lovable, happy, confident or worthy of this much younger woman's love and admiration. Also, he was broke and owed hundreds of thousands of dollars and still had the use of a dozen credit cards. The teenage girl that Lizzie was caring for was also excellent. As for the gypsy woman and her young son, they were very believable to me. If you are depressed or impatient, do not watch this movie, unless you cheer up when you see that other people can be a lot more screwed up than you are.

Reviewed by bluefox-277-490647 4 / 10

Earnest film marred by writer/director/star's own ego

"After Fall, Winter" asks challenging questions about the connection between our traumatic pasts and present, and the coping mechanisms we invent or latch onto. It is deeply interested in pain, in all aspects, and in particular grief.

Once asked, however, the film has absolutely no interest in exploring any further, much less actually offer any answers. More on that later.

Eric Shaeffer has many talents. As a writer, he writes incredibly naturalistic dialog. As a director, not surprisingly, he wrangles incredibly naturalistic performances from his actors. As an actor, he's completely at ease leading by example - he engages his fellow actors by being naturalistic, and *almost* sells himself as how he probably imagines himself to be.

Trouble is, rather than the whole being greater than, or at the very least adding up to, the sum of its parts, you get the distinct sense that if he could relinquish control over at least ONE of those creative endeavours, he might actually be onto something good.

His poor editor. I'm fairly certain he was just two hands and an editing suite. Rather than being allowed to fashion the film in a way that somehow dug deeper into our human condition, or actually imposing a structure that could've made "After Fall, Winter" a much more disciplined, enlarging work, he had to be basically a technician piecing together a reel of how fascinating, interesting, talented, funny, raw, real, honest Eric Shaeffer is.

This is nothing against Eric Shaeffer, not on a personal level nor on any kind of professional-jealousy level. In fact, he was absolutely right in his speech before the NYC premiere at The Quad - it is incredibly difficult to get an indie film shown in the movie theaters these days, and I applaud him tremendously for ignoring the naysayers and the detractors, of which I'm just one more.

But we all have to eventually put up, or shut up. Mr Shaeffer, if you're reading, like I said above, you're a talented guy. But you have to realise that you're actually dooming yourself by not trusting others and letting their creative energies influence what you could become. Right now, you're just trapped in your vision of yourself, and you can't see that it's dragging you down.

He says he'll make a part of the "seasonal" series once every 15 years. Perhaps "After Winter, Spring", in 2027, will be the one where an older and wiser Mr. Shaeffer realises this, and unleashes the true, talented dramatist within.

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