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The Aftermath (TBC) (SCENE)

Hamburg, 1946. Germany is shattered by the years of hard war. It’s down to the British government to rebuild the country from the ashes, with Colonel Lewis Morgan (Jason Clarke) in charge of the development of Hamburg.

After a long separation during the war effort, Lewis calls for his wife, Rachael (Kiera Knightley) to join him in Germany while he completes his work. Arriving from the United Kingdom, Rachael is confronted with an unsettled German population entering a bitter winter.

Where are the British to stay during their rejuvenation of Hamburg? A series of country houses are reclaimed from the Germans living there, including that of recent widower Stefan Lubert (Alexander Skarsgård) and his young daughter.

Seeing that the man and his daughter have nowhere else to turn, Lewis makes the shocking decision to invite the man and his girl to stay living in the large home, much to Rachael’s surprise. But when Lewis is forced to move away again to execute his orders from the British government, Rachael and Stefan find themselves left alone in an empty house with only one another for companionship.

As the winter progresses, Rachael and Stefan develop a tense relationship, with unspoken boundaries broken as the days roll by… Betrayal and lust enter the grand house, and both Rachael and Stefan must wrestle with their moralities and desires.

The Aftermath is a stunning period drama starring Kiera Knightley (The Imitation Game), Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan) and Jason Clarke (Mudbound).

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The Aftermath showings for this week

Thursday 30th May

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