The BFI have released the powerful UK Trailer for upcoming British drama After Love, starring Joanna Scanlan (Getting On, Notes on a Scandal, Pin Cushion). The debut feature by writer and director Aleem Khan, an immensely moving drama with a compelling lead performance from Scanlan as a widow facing the secrets from the past and shattered identity.
The film tells the story of Mary Hussein (Scanlan) a woman who converted to Islam whose husband unexpectedly dies. Now a widow she discover her husband had a secret life 21 one miles away in Calais France. She head to France to learn more leaving her identity shattered as she attempts to understand.
Our writer Freda Cooper watched the film at it’s world premiere at BFI London Film Festival. Praising Scanlan’s performance and she’s one of the UK’s underrated character actors, carries the film well. The link to Freda’s review is below the Trailer…
In AFTER LOVE, Mary Hussain (Joanna Scanlan), who converted to Islam when she married and is now in her early 60s, lives quietly with her husband Ahmed. Following his unexpected death, she suddenly finds herself a widow. A day after the burial, she discovers that Ahmed had a secret life just twenty-one miles away from their Dover home, across the Channel in Calais. The shocking discovery compels her to go there to find out more, and as she grapples with her shattered sense of identity, her search for understanding has surprising consequences.
The film also stars French actor Nathalie Richard (Never Let Me Go, Hidden, Jeune et Jolie) and newcomer Talid Ariss in his first major English language role. After Love will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 7th May.