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After Love isn't easy viewing, but its brutally honest examination of a crumbling family offers powerful performances and penetrating insights that make it well worth the effort.
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It's a lot of skill and talent expended on a spat a good lawyer could probably have sorted out during the opening credit sequence. Instead Lafosse offers a lot of the "after," and none of the "love."
For most of its running time, director and co-writer Joachim Lafosse gives the impression that he's drilled a hole into the side of a married couple's home in order to afford audiences an unmediated, worm's eye view of their gradual dissolution.
Messy and ungovernable at its strongest, Lafosse's film is a story of heartbreak and real estate and, not least, money, viewed from within the still-smoldering ruins.
Intimacy might be a source of irritation, but in After Love it can be downright excruciating.
Lafosse, along with actors Bérénice Bejo and Cédric Kahn, infuse the film with a brutal honesty that makes it, if not exactly enjoyable, certainly compelling.
[A] perceptive drama ...
...despite an exceedingly persuasive performance from Bejo, the film slogs to its inevitable conclusion.
Stay away, couples in crisis. It's too real. [Full review in Spanish]
The repetitive, insincere, and ultimately pointless dialogue in this crucial scene thoroughly tinges one's impression of the whole film.
[After Love] is even painful for us viewers.
Slow moving, the movie wades through a sea of hostilities while we wait for a major blow-up or a thaw in the ice that allows these two to reveal something about what made them a couple in the first place.
"After Love," directed and cowritten by Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse, is an insightful and involving drama centering on the collapse of a marriage.
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