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Love After Love (2017)

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Following the death of their father, two sons deal with the trials of their own lives while watching their mother explore new beginnings of her own.

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Russell Harbaugh

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Russell Harbaugh (co-writer), Eric Mendelsohn (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andie MacDowell ... Suzanne
Chris O'Dowd ... Nicholas
James Adomian ... Chris
Gareth Williams ... Glenn
Alex Goldberg Alex Goldberg ... Alex
Graham Mason ... Graham
Doris Lowerre Doris Lowerre ... Floy
John Magary ... John
Paul L. Brown Paul L. Brown ... Suzanne's Colleague #1 (as Paul Brown)
Juliet Rylance ... Rebecca
Francesca Faridany ... Karen
Dree Hemingway ... Emilie
Romy Byrne ... Ashleigh
Andrew Beadle Andrew Beadle ... Matthew
Marlene Brown Marlene Brown ... Suzanne's Colleague #2
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Following the death of their father, two sons deal with the trials of their own lives while watching their mother explore new beginnings of her own.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,290, 1 April 2018

Gross USA:

$113,074
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2.35 : 1
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A finely wrought drama
23 April 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Love After Love should continue the prepositional phrase forever because the major players in this finely wrought drama are forever looking for love or grieving about it. Matriarch Suzanne (Andie MacDowell) loses her husband and wanders around her two sons almost in a fog of grief but maybe more in puzzlement about how they are working out their fates without her influence.

They are flawed adults, like womanizing son, Nicholas (Chris O'Dowd), who has a conflicted intimacy with his mother but more with himself as he wanders among showing the greatest puppy eyes in cinema. He is an emblem of the players who never seem at peace with their current or future partners.

This episodic, fragmented story, whose jumping back and forth in time is occasionally disorienting, in its unsympathetic way, reveals the puzzle-like lives of sentient beings who witness death, go through its mourning rituals, and search for love, carnal and otherwise, in, it would seem, a hedge against oblivion.

Co-writer/director Russell Harbaugh, in a promising debut, navigates smoothly in rough affective waters, saving the best scenes by interspersing them among some fairly quotidian events that play naturally to the death motif. When alcoholic son, Chris (James Adomian), does a standup about the difficulty of Jesus competing with his Father, the metaphor is not lost but not heavy-handed either. Both sons are struggling to compete with dad and themselves.

Love After Love is a satisfying drama about all of us in families we know have dysfunctional working parts but who are on the greatest quest of all for love after love, after love, after love, forever.


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