Claustrophobic marital drama.
Moving Belgian drama After Love explores the messy ending of a marriage with claustrophobic rigour and painful honesty. Haute-bourgeois academic Marie (The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo) and handyman Boris (Cédric Kahn) are separating after 15 years together. But until they agree on a financial settlement the unemployed Boris can’t afford to move out of the home they share with their lively eight-year-old twin daughters.
Barely leaving their attractive garden apartment, director Joachim Lafosse’s camera picks up the couple’s growing frustrations and passive-aggressive manoeuvres with beady clarity. Love for Bejo’s Marie has curdled into something approaching hate, yet as her relationship with Boris reaches its awkward final throes, there are fleeting moments of tenderness as well.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 101 mins. Director Joachim Lafosse
After Love (L’économie du couple) debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Wednesday 2 August. Available on DVD from Curzon Artificial Eye.