Plot

Acclaimed Belgian director Joachim Lafosse returns with After Love, an astute, intelligent and moving examination of modern relationships starring Cédric Kahn and Oscar®-nominated actress Bérénice Bejo (The Artist). After fifteen years of living together, Marie and Boris no longer see eye to eye and decide to get a divorce—but with two young daughters and deeply intertwined finances, the separation proves far from simple. Marie, the primary breadwinner in the household, comes from a family of means and owns their home, meaning Boris can’t afford to move out until the house has been sold despite the considerable sweat equity he put into its renovation. Unable to agree on how to divide the proceeds, they soon find themselves at an impasse in which all of their frustrations, resentments and grievances begin to mingle with feelings of past affection. The allegiances of their closest friends are painfully brought into the light of day, and almost lost in all the turbulence are the feelings of their children, disoriented by the sudden shift in power dynamics and domestic stability. Underpinned by a razor-sharp script that perfectly articulates the complexities of modern coupling while casting a shrewd light on contemporary class conflict, After Love is also endowed with two of the year’s finest screen performances, with Bejo in particular displaying a stunning level of dramatic range and depth. The film impressed in its debut at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

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