After Love

| November 21, 2017

From the director of Our Children Joachim Fosse comes the story of Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Marie (Bérénice Bejo), a couple who have decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two girls that they adore, but tensions rise as cash-strapped Boris continues to live in the family home. Neither of the two is willing to compromise, making their apartment a war zone.

After Love captures with great magnitude, the painfully intimate, harrowingly drama, emotional and financial complexities of a separation, at the end of a long love story.

This film was so heartbreakingly good, as it highlighted the emotions associated with a love gone sour. Boris doesn’t want to leave the family home. Well actually he can’t afford to leave. Marie is such a hard ass, who wants him to leave the family home but on the other hand appreciates that he can still be available to tend to the girls.

Boris is ordered around by Marie, living by her strict house rules that dictate just what days he should be at the home and by what hour. She had been the primary breadwinner and, therefore, holds all the cards. The two girls just try to go with the flow, even when Marie leaves the home on the weekends in order to give Boris quality time with them.

After Love literally shows what happens after love. Each spouse tries to pretend that nothing is wrong in front of the children. The children whisper between themselves. In the meantime, there is a glimmer of hope at reconciliation, only to be confused with a slight error in judgment; a yearning for days gone by.

This is film is a great anatomy of a separation and impending divorce. After Love is available November 21. For information, visit

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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