'Aftermath' a tale of grief, romance and betrayal in post World War II Germany

Fox Searchlight Pictures

From left Alexander Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Keira Knightley in “The Aftermath.”

History buffs and those who like a little drama to go with it will more than likely enjoy the film “Aftermath,” which released to rental outlets this week.

According to the production company, the film is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Atonement”) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke, “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Everest”), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård, “The Legend of Tarzan” and “True Blood”) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

While the audience score is at 68 percent on the movie review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the critic’s score on the Tomatometer is just 27 percent.

“Tasteful to a fault, ‘The Aftermath’ is worth seeking out only for the most passionate period drama enthusiasts,” said the Critic’s Consensus on the website.

Directed by Mirek Lux, James Kent, Nige Watson, Nikki Molloy, the film is rated R for sexual content/nudity, and violence including some disturbing images.

Other films released to rental outlets this week include:

n “The Poison Rose,” directed by Francesco Cinquemani, George Gallo and Luca Giliberto and starring John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen and Kat Graham. Ex-football player turned private investigator Carson Philips receives a call to examine what, from the outset, seems to be a case of a missing person. However, the deeper into the case he looks, the more unusual and unnerving details emerge, including a murder charge ascribed to his estranged daughter.

The film is rated R for language and violence.

n “Furie,” directed by Le-Van Kiet and starring Veronica Ngo, Phan Than Nhien and Mai Cat Vi. After leaving a life of crime, ex-gang leader Hai Phuong tries to live a normal life. But when her daughter gets abducted she is forced to dive back into the criminal underworld. With very little time before she loses her daughter forever, she follows the trail straight to the people responsible.

The film is not rated.

n “T-34” directed by Aleksey Sidorov and staring Alexander Petrov, Vinzenz Kiefer and Victor Dobronravov. A group of Russian soldiers led by tank commander Nikolay Ivushkin are captured by German forces marching toward Moscow during World War II. To save his team and his country, Ivushkin launches an escape plan with the help of a battered Soviet T-34 tank and a Russian translator named Anya.

This film is not rated.

Each synopsis for these films is taken from redbox.com.

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