Arcade Fire: ‘Afterlife’



Afterlife, a short film on YouTube by Arcade Fire, is about a family that is having some kind of trouble it seems like. The family consists of a father, an older son, and a younger son. The father asks them a lot of questions like, “Did he do his homework?” I think the father asks questions like that because he is worried about his kids and how they are living now. The father and youngest son are both in bed having these crazy dreams. The young boy had a nightmare, as for the father, a nice, sweet, and peaceful dream. The younger boy snuck out to go to a party though. The older boy fell asleep on the bus on his way home and had a dream. His dream was a little different. I don’t know about you, but I can’t really find words to describe it. The father falls asleep on the couch. When the younger boy wakes up from his nightmare (in the middle of the night) he goes and jumps on the couch with his dad. When the older brother finally gets home, he also goes and gets on the couch.

My question for the movie was, “Would you agree that there is no room for hate in a family full of love? Why?” I think that this short film answered this question very clearly. I think this because it shows how close the family really was in several parts. Especially the dreams.

What did this short film say? This short film said that no matter how much you need something to keep on moving forward with your family, your family is the key to keep moving forward. Being positive is a key. Having hope is a key. There are many many keys.

Why does this short film matter? This short film matters because it has a very good lesson that you should find out on your own. I really do recommend this short film for many reasons. Thanks for reading and enjoy if you watch it!!! 🙂 – (Morgan Braun)


What do dreams consist of to classify them as a hope, nightmare, or image? Dreams, family, and the afterlife are all represented by and shown in the music video and short film, Afterlife by Arcade Fire. In the video, the storyline is thoroughly established and the character understanding is attained in many aspects.

The struggle of a widowed father trying to provide everything his late wife would have for his two sons who both desperately miss their deceased mother. The bond between the family of three is strong, although it is depicted that the elder son needs to have his freedom and have an interaction with his peers, the youngest son is placed in a scenario based on fright, and the father equally is surrounded with the illusion he is visiting his lost love, the video was a very rigorous topic to analyze.

To many of those who experienced the visible features depicted in the film, it was a video that had a very clear plot and movie-like characteristics as well as aspects, therefore creating a very enjoyable but arduous to break down and classify its components.  After viewing this confusing, yet simple, film, there was a clear emphasis on dreams. As shown in the film, the eldest son “falls asleep” after finding himself at a party catching the attention of the police force, and dreaming of seeing his deceased mother on a vehicle. The father of the family imagines an encounter with his wife in the “afterlife” as well as his youngest son being saved by his mother from a laundromat.  To revisit the question stated prior, as represented through the character’s dreams/ illusions, the components of a dream to classify it as an image seen while sleeping are hopes, loss, future, and forethought.

In conclusion, the short story or music video “Afterlife” emphasizes dreams through the three family members who mourn the loss of their mother/wife. Dreams are vital components of daily life, a vast majority of society experiences dreams at various points of the day. This film was thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking. (Katie Gardner)


The music video for Afterlife by Arcade Fire has three major components: dreams, family, and obviously, the afterlife. But these three components may not appear as clearly as most people would think. This video needs some major clarification for what is going on. But, most music videos have an unclear plot to the story, or simply no plot at all. The analysis of this video may be hard to break down.

The beginning of the video pictures a family of three; a father with his two sons. They are all eating dinner, and the older son asks if he can go to his friend’s house. His father responds no, that he is too tired and the friend’s house is too far away. Later, it shows the father reading to the younger son in bed until he falls asleep. Then, the older son leaves their house to go to his friend’s house. The whole storyline is very confusing and convoluted to begin with.

After the father “falls asleep,” we see him walking a grey and dusty road by himself, while the band sings the main chorus of the song. There, he finds a woman, who most viewers suspect to be his wife. This recurring scene throughout the video is suspected to be the afterlife, and the father is thought to be dead. But, my personal theory is that the supposed afterlife is actually a dream that the father has, and his wife is there because he is subconsciously dreaming about her. Before I viewed the film, I wondered if people dreamed of places, people, or things they either liked or disliked can appear in their dreams because of that reason. I think the answer the video gave is that people, places, or things that you love can appear in your dreams.

In conclusion, these things matter because they happen to virtually everyone. It means that strong emotions toward something can lead to dreams or visions about them. This video is well thought out and thought about many things most people wouldn’t ponder about. The film is very good, and is highly recommended from me. (Jennifer Sadler)


Afterlife is a short movie/ music video for the song by Arcade Fire. But we’re not here for the music. The video is about a Mexican family of a father, an elder son, and a younger son. You probably noticed that the mother was missing. Judging by the name of the song (Afterlife) you can guess that the mother is dead. Its focus is on how they miss their mother and how they visit her through their dreams. They each do this by having each character do something or go somewhere. The eldest son wants to go out and hang out with his friends. He gets drunk or something like that and he passes out and sees his mother in a dream. The youngest son gets put in a public washing machine. His mother comes and rescues him in this dream. As for the father he meets his wife at a prom back in his high school years.

The acting in the short film was good even though there wasn’t much dialogue. Dialogue can make or break an actor. The only dialogue was when the three were talking at a quiet dinner at night. So it deserved not to have much emotion in the dialogue. (Josh Benedict)


In this music video there was a lot to take in at once. First, I thought it was about death and that everyone died. But that never happened. Second, when that didn’t happen, my mind went backwards and upside down. Because I thought that one of the characters was dead, but he wasn’t dead. So the teen asks if he can go to a friend’s house to do a “project.” That project ends up being a party. Anyhow his dad says he can’t go over because it’s too late. When the dad goes to read to the little brother, he goes to the party. Both the dad and the little brother fall asleep. Then it cuts to the dreams of the two. The dream of the younger brother is a nightmare of him being put in a washing machine. The dream of the older man is a happy dream, I think. Some of the key words in this video are…emotional, sad, and fear. I could tell that the theme of this video was acceptance and fear. So if you get the opportunity to see this music video, I would take it. (Ethan McPeake)


I thought the whole video was confusing and weird. I didn’t really understand it that much. I don’t get how it’s related to the afterlife. (Jackson Barry)


Afterlife is a music video and song by Arcade Fire. I did not really enjoy the song, but the video is actually heartwarming. It teaches a good lesson about how we should not take family for granted because they won’t be around forever. It shows this by using dream sequences for each character. The acting is fine for a music video (nothing special). I guess you could say it’s just ok. I couldn’t say that I would recommend it, but if you have nothing else to listen to or watch give it a try. Rating: 5 out of 10 (Drew Whipple)


I didn’t really know what was happening, but I think they were in the afterlife and the teenager lied about doing a project and snuck out and went to a party instead. The dad was in the bed and I think when he went to bed and he had a dream about his wife and the wife was dead and everyone had a dream about her. (Caleb Barnes)


What is the afterlife?  Afterlife is a music video/story which is very well done, the cinematography, the acting and the music is all very well done and is executed perfectly. The video shows things that happened that were scary and people comforting them. It shows that family is always there for you when you need them. It also says that you will be with family forever. (Dylan Musgrave)


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