Before and After (film) A respected, dedicated small town pediatrician, Carolyn Ryan, finds her life thrown into turmoil when her teenage son, Jacob, disappears and is suspected of brutally murdering his girlfriend, whose body is found on an isolated snow-covered farm road. When Jacob returns home, Carolyn and her sculptor-husband, Ben, struggle to confront the tragedy and protect their son, even though the town and evidence is dead set against him. In doing so, they show how a family that is driven by love can survive such a catastrophe. A Hollywood Picture in association with Caravan Pictures. Directed by Barbet Schroeder. Released on February 23, 1996. Stars Meryl Streep (Carolyn Ryan), Liam Neeson (Ben Ryan), Edward Furlong (Jacob), Julia Weldon (Judith), Alfred Molina (Panos Demeris). 108 min. Filming took place primarily in the Berkshire County area of western Massachusetts, where an unseasonal lack of snow necessitated the bringing in of snow-making machines from a local ski resort. Released on video in 1996.