SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – AFTER LOVE

Rating: M
Length: 89 mins
Cast: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss

Aleem Khan’s riveting feature debut stars Joanna Scanlan (No Offence, The Thick of It) as a widow who discovers her husband’s secret double life only days after his death.

Mary (Scanlan) converted to Islam to marry Ahmed, a sea captain making regular trips from their home in Dover to the French port of Calais. Shocked by what she’s found in Ahmed’s belongings, Mary crosses the English Channel. Her plan is to directly confront Genevie`ve, a single mother with a moody teenage son. But nothing is so straightforward in Khan’s meticulously mapped-out screenplay. Appearances, impressions and serendipity take Mary on a path she could never have imagined. Best known for her comic roles, Scanlan is superb as a woman whose emotional pain is exceeded only by her determination to find answers. The dialogue is sparse: Mary’s face and piercing eyes say more than words ever could.