What are we left with when love disappears? Memories, places, things? In Belgian director Joachim Lafosse's riveting family drama After Love, a couple decides to separate after 15 years together and raising twin daughters. They both, however, want to keep their gorgeous apartment, to which they both feel entitled. Boris (Cédric Kahn), an out-of-work contractor, is responsible for renovating the home, while the wealthy Marie (The Artist's Bérénice Béjo) put the money up in the first place. Of course the apartment is not the real issue here, and the deftly woven script reveals the psychology behind the two characters over a series of impeccably acted domestic standoffs, as both partners refuse to budge.
Lafosse-who is no stranger to staging films in bourgeois homes (Private Property, Private Lessons; Our Children)-uses the space with great skill, creating a tense chamber piece with a rich ebb and flow of emotions, complicating the viewer's sympathies and assumptions as the plot starts to take unexpected turns.
"It's like Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage condensed [...] although its depiction of a crumbling relationship can be just as complex." Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
|Original Language Title:||L’Economie du couple|
|Running Time:||100 minutes|
|Producers:||Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon|
|Principal Cast:||Bérénice Béjo, Cédric Kahn, Marthe Keller, Jade Soentjens, Margaux Soentgens|
|Screenwriter:||Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse, Mazarine Pingeot, Thomas van Zuylen|