After Love

Joachim Lafosse
 
(…) Marie (Bejo) is the mother of two playful twin girls (Jade and Margaux Soentjens), and their life together seems to be going pretty well — except for the fact that the girls’ father, Boris (Kahn), is still living with them, although it’s clear that Marie has wanted him out for some time. Boris is indeed the unshaven, unpleasant elephant in the room that just won’t leave, and his reasons for staying are gradually revealed in a psychologically nimble screenplay by Lafosse, Fanny Burdino and Mazarine Pingeot.
 
(…) Kahn expertly portrays a man trying to hold on to what’s already lost. He’s constantly forced to humiliate himself and doesn’t really seem to have any qualms about it, whether it’s by camping out every night in the apartment’s tiny office or, in one of the most powerful scenes, showing up at a dinner party where he’s the last person anyone wants at the table.
 
Jordan Mintzer / The Hollywood Reporter
 
 
The idea of using a divorce to explore Marx’s concept of Kapitalverwertung — that’s the addition of value to an asset through labour — is committed to both in text and subtext. There are subtle echoes of it in the constant negotiations and power games over everything from access to the couple’s twin daughters to games of Uno, and its sledge-hammered home in a brutal scene where the couple lay out their wildly diverging financial situations.
 
Andrew Lowry / Empire
 
 

Belgium / France 2016. Le Pacte
 
L’économie du couple
 
Käsikirjoitus/Script: Mazarine Pingeot, Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse * Kuvaus/DOP: Jean-François Hensgens * Leikkaus/Editor: Yann Dedet * Pääosissa/Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Marthe Keller * Kopion Lähde/DCP source: Le Pacte * Kieli/Language: French, subtitles in English * Kesto/Duration: 100 min * Ikäraja/Age limit: 12
 
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