Teenaged Sam is the family caretaker after her mother’s death, but when Sam is killed in an accident, she finds her mother waiting in the hereafter and plots to get them both back to the realm of the living in this delightful and meaningful drama.
Sam is a precocious, artistic, and responsible teenager who finds her life turned upside down after her mother, Vera, dies from an accidental fall off a ladder. Secretly counting the days after her mother passes, Sam unfortunately meets a similar fate on the morning of her 16th birthday when she absentmindedly pedals her bike in front of an oncoming truck. Sam wakes up in a bureaucratic office sitting across the desk from, she quickly discovers, her afterlife caseworker. Now Sam has a choice to make: return to Earth reincarnated or continue to the other side and spend eternity with her beloved mother. Sam chooses the other side, and discovers an afterlife populated by older souls who live an eternity of dinner parties, wine, and friendship. Though Vera is overjoyed to be reunited with her daughter, she isn't convinced that the afterlife is the right choice for Sam. But what if there were a third option? Overseen by her playfully mischievous guardian angel, Sam embarks on a quest to save her own life, as well as her mother's, in this vibrant, sensitive, and constantly surprising coming-of-death story that celebrates second chances while also showing the importance of appreciating the life we've been given.
— Clinton McClung
Willem Bosch (b. 1986) is the screenwriter of several Dutch feature films and TV series, an episode of which was recognized at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2011. His 2015 short film Weg Met Willem also won several prizes internationally. With Afterlife, Bosch debuts as a feature director.
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- Original Language Title: Hiernamaals
- Director: Willem Bosch
- Principal Cast: Sanaa Giwa, Romana Vrede, Gijs Scholten van Asschat, Jan-Paul Buijs, Ria Eimers, Ilse Warringa
- Country: Netherlands
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 93 minutes
- Producer: Pieter Kuijpers, Sander van Meurs, Iris Otten
- Screenplay: Willem Bosch
- Cinematographers: Jacco van Ree
- Editors: Bas Icke
- Music: Arno Krabman
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: Dutch
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP