Following the death of their father, an eccentric inventor, his estranged children return to their family home to sort out the estate. Each of them is damaged by the loss of their mother to illness, and their brother, Tom, who was accidentally killed by their father. They learn that their father has run up huge debts in his quest to get his latest invention to work, which means they have only a few days to sort through the house before it is siezed by the bank and demolished. If they can manage to work together they might be able to find out what happened to their brother and what their father's last invention really does.
After Death is an odd, darkly comic film that is hard to categorise. It is part drama, part ghost story, part science fiction. It is slow moving and creepily atmospheric in parts, interspersed with bits of domestic drama between the siblings as they each work through their personal baggage. It's beautifully shot, showing off Malshanger House, the historic building in Hampshire where it was filmed.
The cast give excellent performances. In particular, Claira Watson Parr is entrancing as the youngest sibling, Eloise. She also gives it her all in a knock down drag out "chick fight" towards the climax.
Directed by Martin Gooch in 2012, After Death is not to be confused with a British horror film by the same name from 2015. It is not as dramatic or scary as the trailer implies, more slow moving and mysterious, but with plenty to hold the viewer's interest until the very end.