After Love 2020

Directed by Aleem Khan Belonging

Deception abounds in this nuanced portrait of lies and loss when a middle-aged woman discovers her recently deceased husband led another life in France, contradictory to the pious Muslim home they built together in England.

Nov 02

Isaac Theatre Royal

Nov 11

Isaac Theatre Royal

UK In English, French and Urdu with English subtitles
89 minutes DCP
M
offensive language

Director, Screenplay

Cast

Joanna Scanlan
,
Nathalie Richard
,
Talid Ariss
,
Nasser Memarzia

Producer

Matthieu de Braconier

Cinematography

Alexander Dynan

Editor

Gareth C. Scales

Music

Chris Roe

Festivals

Cannes (Critics' Week Selection), London 2020

Elsewhere

Presented in association with

Rialto Channel

Having converted to Islam as a young woman in order to marry her Pakistani sweetheart Ahmed (Nasser Memarzia), Mary (Joanna Scanlan) is content with their gentle, pious marriage. But when Ahmed dies suddenly and she finds in his wallet the ID card of an elegant French woman named Genevieve (Nathalie Richard), she discovers the man she thought she knew so well had been living a double life all along.

With the realism of a Dardenne brothers odyssey and the twisting, tangled web of one of Asghar Farhadi’s domestic melodramas, After Love is an assured feature debut from English-Pakistani writer-director Aleem Khan. Khan himself notes that, at its core, the film questions what is left of yourself when you have changed so much for somebody else. “When that person leaves or dies, how do we begin to recalibrate and find our sense of self again?”

Lensed by First Reformed (NZIFF 2018) cinematographer Alexander Dynan and anchored by a quietly mesmerising Joanna Scanlan, After Love offers a restrained, sensitive portrayal of the loneliness and shame of having been deceived. — Amanda Jane Robinson

After Love has the agony of a domestic tragedy and the tension of a Hitchcock thriller. Mary herself is the suspense; she is the ticking bomb who could explode at any time. Scanlan shows how she has suffered a triple mortification. Ahmed is dead. So is the Ahmed she knew. And so, perhaps, is Mary herself. She is humiliated and horrified by what she is uncovering on a moment-by-moment basis.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Screening With This Feature

Marieville 2021

Director/Producer/ Screenplay

Cast

Peter Tait, Amelia Reynolds
8 minutes

An encounter with a model Mississippi paddleboat brings back a woman’s memories of her late father.