This post deals with themes of self harm and suicide and may be triggering to some viewers.
The word heartbreaking might be a grossly over-used term to describe anything moderately sad, but there’s no better word for Netflix’s latest series, After Life.
Tony is a cynical, angry and cruel man, who after losing his wife (and soulmate) Lisa, has resorted to living his life without a filter. At times he can be heartlessly and unnecessarily cruel, but it’s all redeemed by the love he had for Lisa, which we’re shown through a series of flashbacks in Lisa’s 13 Reason’s Why esque post-mortem, video message which she leaves for him.
Watch the heartbreakingly funny trailer for Netflix’s After Life here:
While every episode is filled with Gervais-renowned moments of sarcastic gold and comedic absurdity, they’re shared with raw, poignant and existential observations of death and grief.
There’s a particular moment Tony shares with a junior journalist at the local paper, that gives a passing glimpse into the kind of anguish he’s in.
“It’s not a waste of time, you working here. It is a good stepping stone and you can go on and do anything you want,” he says to her.
“I didn’t, because I didn’t want it. I didn’t do over time, try and get promoted or get a a better job in a better town, I just wanted to get home every night and spend every available minute I could with Lisa.
“And I made the right decision.”
The show is peppered with multiple moments like these.