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Aftermath (2019)

The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter to be reunited with her husband Lewis Morgan, a colonel of British Forces Germany charged with rebuilding the shattered city and dealing with violent insurgent Werwolf activities. The couple, whose relationship is tense due to their son Michael being killed during the Blitz by German bombing, will be staying in the requisitioned house of German architect Stefan Lubert and his teenage daughter Freda Lubert. Lewis decides to let Stefan and Freda stay in the house in the attic, a decision that Rachael is initially unhappy with because of her resentment toward Germans over Michael’s death.

However, Rachael bonds with Stefan over shared grief: Stefan’s wife was killed by Allied bombing. Rachael and Stefan begin having an affair. The situation is complicated by Stefan being suspected of Werwolf involvement, though it is actually Freda’s boyfriend Bertie who is involved. Lewis eventually realizes Rachael and Stefan are having an affair when he hears of her advocating on Stefan’s behalf. When Lewis confronts Rachael, she tells him that she is leaving him to be with Stefan. Bertie tries to assassinate Lewis but instead kills Lewis’s chauffeur by mistake. Bertie attempts to escape through the woods but falls through ice to his death. After Lewis admits his grief over Michael to Rachael, she decides to stay with Lewis instead of leaving with Stefan.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke

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