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AFTERGLOW

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Afterglow

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
114 minutes
performer:
Lara Flynn Boyle, Julie Christie, Jonny Lee Miller, Nick Nolte
director:
Alan Rudolph
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Alan Rudolph
genre:
Drama, Romance

We gave it an A-

The writer-director Alan Rudolph creates an impish roundelay about two married couples, one middle-aged, one younger, who have affairs with each other’s partners. Nick Nolte stars as Lucky Mann, a sexually voracious handyman, but the cliche is both a joke and a fake-out. Julie Christie, as a former B-movie star who has been married to Lucky for 24 years, does another variation on the depressive Rudolph heroine. Christie, though, is anything but depressive; she drops her zingers with world-weary aplomb. Afterglow marks the first time since Choose Me, in 1984, that Rudolph’s voluptuously indulgent style — swoony yet acrid, in love with love itself — has coalesced.