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Love After Love examines the ways in which profound grief can affect a family's dynamic -- and refuses to settle for pat Hollywood answers, much to the viewer's benefit.
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It's a film intentionally adrift, rambling between a loose succession of family gatherings and dinner parties with subdued style, the camera feeling like just another person at the edge of the room.
An unflinching portrait of how grief can unravel a tightknit family in ways both banal and heart-wrenching.
Challenging, unflinching and deeply honest.
First-time director Russell Harbaugh presents grief as it is, in all its pain and ugliness, rather than using the convenient, uplifting short-hand that Hollywood prefers.
I found it a great masochistic experience.
This first-time feature from writer/director Russell Harbaugh has an understated, intimate, pointillist style, with a cool jazz score that matches its improvisational tone.
In the end, however, LOVE AFTER LOVE is the kind of movie I respect but don't really enjoy. Grief can be numbing and LOVE AFTER is after a time as well.
A gorgeously wrought drama, and hard to believe it's only Harbaugh's first, but it buzzes from the anxious energy that comes from searching for what's next
So what does Love After Love deliver? Performances. Harbaugh and Mendelsohn are less interested with plot than creating an environment to let their characters screw up.
I wish the pieces of Harbaugh's domestic jigsaw fit more elegantly together. Sometimes, it seems as if he's tripping into scenes the way a person might stumble into a darkened room before turning on the light.
The film is a bit messy at times, but considering the circumstances on screen, that seems appropriate.
The story of Love After Love is one of grieving, and it's about that process in a specific, particularly sad sort of way.
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