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AfterglowThe writer-director Alan Rudolph creates an impish roundelay about two married couples, one middle-aged, one younger, who have affairs with each other's...AfterglowDrama, RomancePT114MRThe writer-director Alan Rudolph creates an impish roundelay about two married couples, one middle-aged, one younger, who have affairs with each other's...1998-01-23Sony Pictures Classics
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Afterglow

Genre: Drama, Romance; Starring: Lara Flynn Boyle, Julie Christie, Jonny Lee Miller, Nick Nolte; Director: Alan Rudolph; Author: Alan Rudolph; Runtime (in minutes): 114; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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.