Director: Aleem Khan
Cast: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss
90 minutes: English, French, Urdu, Arabic – 2020
Mary is a white, English Muslim convert happily married to Ahmed, with whom she lives near the cliffs of Dover. Following Ahmed’s unexpected death Mary discovers he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais. The more she discovers about Ahmed’s newly discovered life, the more she wonders about her own – how she got here and where she now belongs.
After Love explores the complex themes of loss, secret lives, cultural identity and reconciliation in this ground-breaking feature debut by Aleem Khan. Best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It and Getting On, Joanna Scanlan is outstanding, producing a truly phenomenal performance as Mary.
One of the standout films of the year. Leif Arbuthnot, Tatler
A tale of secrets and lies, a portrait of people caught between identities and cultures, with Joanna Scanlan offering a masterclass in the dramatic power of understatement. Mark Kermode, Observer
It’s a giant performance in a perfectly measured film of simmering tensions. Kevin Maher, Times UK
After Love is a sometimes devastating examination of domesticity, womanhood and the sacrifices women make for the men in their lives. Hanna Flint, The New Arab
After Love has the agony of a domestic tragedy and the tension of a Hitchcock thriller. Peter Bradshaw, Guardian