France | 2013 | 91 mins | English
Comedy | Romance | Horror
One Screening Only
Date: Saturday September 27, 2014
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 18)
Film contains sequences of pervasive language, some horror violence, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use.
Certifications: USA: R
Director: Jeff Baena
Screenplay: Jeff Baena
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Dane Dehaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Cheryl Hines Matthew Gray Gubler and Anna Kendrick
Producer(s): Elizabeth Destro and Michael Zakin
Company: Elevation Pictures
Screens with short film: WATERBORNE
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Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.
- Nominated Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2014
- Nominated for Audience Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014
“Everyone onscreen seems to be having a blast, and the feeling becomes as infectious as a zombie virus” – Variety
“Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic, and always funny, the film’s surprising coherence is exemplified in a climactic scene that pairs credible heartbreak with pure slapstick. ” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Cloaking tragedy in a veil of humor without compromising the truth of its thematic eulogy to love and loss, the film runs the gamut of emotions. It’s droll. It’s mournful. It’s adorable, and surreal, and eerily burrows its way under the viewer’s skin. ” – Dustin Putman
It feels like the end of the world to Zack (Dane Dehaan) after the sudden death of his longtime girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza). Lost and heartbroken he finds some solace in spending time with her parents, until they suddenly shut him out completely. Unwilling to move on and unnaturally suspecious of their actions Zack eventually barges his way back in, only to find out Beth is actually home, and somehow ‘alive’. Beth has no memory of her death or her return, and her parents are happy to keep it that way, allowing Zack to visit but never speak of what’s really going on.
LIFE AFTER BETH is a fast-paced, darkly rambunctious comedy about letting go of lost love, which elevates itself above the everyday horror comedy. Aubrey Plaza brings her quirky best to the role of Beth, along with the inevitable intensity of her escalating hunger for human flesh. Deftly directed by the co-screenwriter of I HEART HUCKABEES, Jeff Baena drives home the pain and tragedy of losing a loved one, while keeping us in stitches with great absurd sight gags as Beth (and the world) devolve around us. There’s a fantastic supporting cast here as well, John C. Reily and Molly Shannon as Beth’s parents, Matthew Gray Gubler as Zack’s tightly wound older brother, and Anna Kendrick as a beacon of life that Zack isn’t ready to reach for.
Ultimately, LIFE AFTER BETH is as thoughtful as it is a laugh riot, while mostly eschewing the zombie apocalypse to deal with how we love, and what’s worth saving when all else if falling apart. on the short side, but personally reading these things when too much is given away, hopefully they’re acceptable. – Steven Landry