Watch: After Darkness 1985 123movies, Full Movie Online – To salve his guilty conscience, an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt, and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on one contact. Free of the institution, he continues to be haunted by dreams of a lost twin, and chants the eerie phrase “Do I stand before the King?” It is the elder brother that seems doomed to lose himself in his brother’s insanity..
Plot: To salve his guilty conscience an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on one contact. Free of the institution he continues to be haunted by dreams of a lost twin and chants the eerie phrase “Do I stand before the king?” It is the elder brother that seems doomed to lose himself in his brother’s insanity.
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After the third attempt of suicide of Laurence (Julian Sands), his older brother Peter (John Hurt) decides to take him out of the mental institution and take care of him. Peter rents an old apartment in an empty building and leaves his wife and daughter to take care of his brother. Laurence is an insecure man that is haunted by the death of his twin brother Jan that drowned in soft sand on the beach. Peter controls and studies Laurence but when the filmmaker Pascale (Victoria Abril) meets Laurence, he seems to improve his mental condition affecting Peter.
“After Darkness” is a weird and gloomy film with a story of madness. The dark cinematography keeps an eerie atmosphere along the story. However the plot is confused with open end and the sentence “Do I stand before the king?” does not seem to have any special meaning. The performances of John Hurt and Julian Sands are the best to see in this low-budget film. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): “Depois da Escuridão” (“After Darkness”)
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I thought this film was very interesting. Laurence (Julian Sands) is suffering from schizophrenia; the condition blossomed fully when he witnessed the tragic death of his twin brother, Jan, as a child. After a series of failed attempts to take his own life, Laurence is taken out of hospital by his older brother, Peter (John Hurt), who is determined to take care of him personally, quickly resorting to cutting out both family and work from his life in order to work intensively with Laurence.
As the story unravels it becomes more and more clear that Peter could possibly have contributed to Jan’s death. Peter isolates Laurence in an apartment and becomes ever more obsessive of his brother’s mental state, pushing to make a connection with Laurence through his illness. Through flashbacks we see Peter and Laurence when they were younger, at the scene of Jan’s death. Laurence is seen running over the beach towards his brother Peter, who appears to be staring at something in the sand. When Laurence reaches Peter he sees Jan being consumed by a soft sand pocket and tries to reach out to him, but Peter prevents him, at first glance it seems that this was to save Laurence from the same fate, but as pieces fit together you begin to realise the possibility of latent mental illness in Peter.
As the film develops, characteristics of the illness become more prominent in Peter and his paranoia and spiralling degradation are acknowledged in interactions with Pascale (Victoria Abril). All the while, Pascale has been helping and communicating with Laurence, during which time we see the flashbacks pointing to Peter’s instability. Pascale provides release of the intense work that Peter has been putting Laurence through, and shows the potential for growth and freedom in Laurence.
There are some scenes which I feel break my theory of Peter’s latent mental illness, such as when Pascale was recording something for Peter. There was documented evidence of an extraordinary exchange related to Laurence and Peter which we later see Pascale play back on her own with the same exchange taking place as clearly. So, is this indicative of supernatural/preternatural influence over the story of Peter, Jan and Laurence? Or an incorporeal entity having power over or influencing the consciousnesses of Laurence and Peter in turn? I am beginning to think it may a bit of both.
All in all, this film is fantastic and I honestly recommend it. It has left me asking questions, and wondering about how people can affect and change each other, not to mention the possibility of sharing and passing anxiety. It has left me wanting to know more, and yet satisfied with the overall story. Excellent 🙂
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director Sergio Guerraz, Dominique Othenin-Girard
Writer Sergio Guerraz, Dominique Othenin-Girard, Robert Smith
Actors John Hurt, Julian Sands, Victoria Abril
Country Switzerland, United Kingdom
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm