For all his reputation as a gritty, rough-and-tumble man’s man, Clint Eastwood has shown a consistent tastefulness in his directorial career. He rarely gets drawn into operatic emotional highs, and this quality suits him well with Hereafter
, a gentle movie very much about overpowering feelings of love and loss and fear.
The movie opens with an exhilarating and terrifying sequence involving a tsunami that tears through a resort town; caught in the disaster is French investigative reporter and television personality Marie (Cecile De France), whose near-death experience affords her a glimpse of the afterlife. After this throat-grabber of an opening, Eas...