Joanna Scanlan in a still from 'After Love' (2020)
Joanna Scanlan in a still from 'After Love' (2020)
After Love (2020) Madman

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After Love

Screens with short film Bitter Sea (2018)

Aleem Khan | United Kingdom | 2020 | M

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Aleem Khan makes his directorial debut with this modern British drama that stars Joanna Scanlan in a career defining role as an English Muslim convert who begins unraveling the secrets of her late husband.

Following the sudden death of her husband, Nasser, Mary (Joanna Scanlan), a Muslim convert, struggles with her loss. While sorting through his things she discovers a secret about Nasser, a former ferry captain, which takes her across the channel to Calais to see if she can uncover further secrets.

This gentle but tragic piece from director Aleem Khan – his directorial debut – examines the complexity of grief and loss, while delving quietly into the dynamics of intercultural relationships, class and what we give to people (and sometimes lose) when we fall in love.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Madman Entertainment
Courtesy: Madman Entertainment
Runtime: 90 min

Event duration

90 mins



Mature themes and coarse language



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