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After the Apocalypse

Searching for food and companionship, five mute survivors of a nuclear war roam a seemingly deserted urban wasteland. Yasuaki Nakajima, who wrote and directed this low-budget indie, manages to turn financial constraints to his advantage, shooting in grainy, deliberately overexposed black and white and using music and ambient sound to establish the eerie atmosphere. The mood is broken, however, as the male characters get bogged down in a predictable struggle to win the affection of the sole woman. The lack of dialogue also invites some awkward and unintentionally corny moments; this may have been influenced by Tarkovsky and Antonioni, but the results are sometimes closer to street-corner mime. 72 min.

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