// Presented as part of Filmatique's C'est Cannes! Series //
Spotlight on After Love
Joachim Lafosse / France-Belgium, 2016 / Cannes, AFI Fest, London BFI, Ljubljana, Munich, Oldenburg, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, RiverRun, Stockholm, Taipei, Toronto, Vancouver, / 100'
Marie and Boris have recently decided to separate after 15 years of marriage. They have two twin girls whom they adore, a shared family home and assets that prove more difficult to divide amongst themselves considering they were never married. Complicating issues further, Boris doesn't have the cash to find his own apartment, nor does he want to leave the home he renovated for his young family.
Renowned Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse's six film portrays the dynamics of an unraveling relationship by navigating the complex interactions between economy, class and physical space. After Love premiered at Cannes, Munich, Stockholm, BFI London, AFI Fest and RiverRun, where it won the Jury Prize.
"Bérénice Bejo and Cédric Kahn star in a painfully intimate, horribly fascinating drama about the emotional and financial complexities of a separation... The mortality of love and the terrible cost of parting are at the centre of this intimately painful breakup drama from director and co-writer Joachim Lafosse, who made the comparably difficult Our Children in 2013. Rather like Ira Sachs's recent US indie Little Men, it is also about the very important but little discussed power of money to poison already difficult situations, by supercharging people with a sense of grievance, status and entitlement... After Love is intelligent, compassionate, challenging film-making"
- Peter Bradshaw, Cannes Review, The Guardian