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Cast: Marcia Gay Harden (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY), Oscar Jaenada (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ON STRANGER TIDES), Jenna Ortega (TV's JANE THE VIRGIN), Ron Canada
Academy Award® Winner Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey, Pollock) stars as Jane, a bookish introvert who loses her job as a librarian and spirals downward into depression. The library and all of its books gave her life meaning. Jane contemplates suicide and decides to see something beautiful before she dies, traveling to tropical, picturesque Costa Rica. Once there she meets a younger man named Juan (Óscar Jaenada, Cantinflas), a charming, charismatic tour guide who makes his living off the many single female tourists who come to town. Together, they embark on an adventure into the heart of Costa Rica. The awkward pair experience a transformational journey where Juan reads his first book and Jane comes to appreciate what "Pura Vida" ("Pure Life") has to offer in a way that may change her plans to "end it all" in paradise.
"After Words" tells the story of Jane, a lonely, bored librarian who loses he job so she decides to travel to Costa Rica for last adventure before ending her own life. But things begin to chance when she meets Juan, a womanizing tour guide. The unlikely pair seem to have an odd connection right from the start. Meeting each other seems to be just what the both of them need.
On paper the film sounds like a bit of a downer with the whole suicide angle but instead we get laughter, heart felt drama, life changing moments and some of the best scenery I have seen on film in some time.
The beautiful and extremely talented Marcia Gay Harden is amazing as Jane. She really brings all the needed emotions to her role and as the film moves along she transforms into a beautiful woman who is full of life. But she doesn't have to carry the film on her own because Óscar Jaenada stands toe to toe with her as Juan, the two of them have amazing chemistry together. The supporting cast did a great job as well including the young Jenna Ortega who steals every scene she is in.
Director, Juan Feldman does an amazing job telling this story that deals with a sensitive issue like suicide from the screenplay he co-wrote with Joel Silverman. I look forward to seeing what this talented film maker has coming next.
"After Words" could have been a depressing film but instead it’s a joyous film about finding yourself and finding out that life is indeed worth living. The film is in theaters and On Demand now, you can find out more about where you can see it by visiting the film's Facebook page HERE.
A perfect blend of comedy, drama and romance, this is one film that is worth seeing because it has so much to offer. Do yourself a favor and check it out. You will be glad you did.
Released by Level 33 Entertainment
**** Out Of *****