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September 1–7, 2017

Chicago Premiere

After Love
(L'économie du couple)

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4 stars "A painfully intimate, horribly fascinating drama... After Love is intelligent, compassionate, challenging film-making"
  —The Guardian
"As sharp and savage as any breakup drama this side of A Separation... this is the most poignant and perceptive thing that [director Joachim] LaFosse has ever made, and therefore also the most painful"
  —IndieWire
"If it's intensity of atmosphere, insightful character study and a career-best performance from Bérénice Bejo you want, then you won't go wrong with After Love"
  —Film Inquiry

After 15 years together, Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) and Boris (director-turned-actor Cédric Kahn, Red Lights) are calling it quits, as they go through the emotional turmoil of divorce in full view of their twin daughters. At the center of the dispute is the house that Marie purchased and Boris completely renovated, which has added significant value to the property. Without a steady job, Boris cannot afford a place of his own and so they must share the house while caring for their girls, which only continues to drag out the divorce proceedings.

As Marie and Boris argue over everything, After Love reveals the complexities of their relationship and the depth of the cracks in it. This volatile arrangement fuels the film's sense of palpable, escalating tension, as the characters stumble continually onto new and more painful ways to antagonize each other. The apartment to which most of the film's action is confined comes to feel like a tastefully decorated battleground as Boris and Marie trade insults and accusations as filmmaker Joachim Lafosse (Our Children, The White Knights) captures the proceedings with tight precision in brilliant, fluid, long takes. Relentlessly observant of his characters' daily routines and oscillating emotions, Lafosse uses his trademark confined setting and tightly controlled handheld photography to create a claustrophobic environment, enveloping us in the gathering storm that is this couple's relationship. He also deftly avoids taking sides in this absorbing family drama, inviting the audience to see that both parties are right, and both are wrong.

Directed by Joachim Lafosse, France/Belgium, 2016, 100 mins. In French with English subtitles.

Showtimes

  • Fri., Sept. 1 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Sept. 2 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Sept. 3 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs. Sept. 4–7 at 7 & 9 pm
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