Film review: ‘The Here After’ ★★★★

In writer-director Magnus von Horn’s The Here After the past encroaches on the present, poisoning what possibility there may be for one young man’s future. As teenager John (Ulrik Munther) is driven away from a detention facility by his father (Mats Blomgren), Lukasz Zal’s camera – hued an electric blue and frequently given to long takes and painfully static contemplation – sits in the back seat. As well as the tree-lined road extending out into the Swedish wilderness, a small portion of the screen reflects the rearview mirror and what lies behind father and son, thereby underlining that what has gone before is just as important as what lies ahead.

The Here After is out in UK cinemas on 11th March – visit CineVue here to read the full review.