4 October 2015 | CarnationO
A Beautifully Addictive Neo Noir
Contrary to the rule according to which films intending to pertain to a certain genre usually overkill, After Love manages to instill fresh air into an otherwise pretentious art house sub-genre. A neo noir film, it follows all the rigors of style while delivering a strong message that lingers on the attentive viewer days after leaving the cinema.
While elements of a thriller are mixed into the film's equation comme il faut, the narrative centers on the concepts of love and identity. With After Love, there is no confusion as to the aim of the story or the role each character plays in the others' lives. The interaction between the three central characters is always as concise as it is poetic, thereby freeing the cinematic effort of the usual unnecessary banter. Minimal dialogue is used to such an extent that Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht's character is muted throughout the production. However, the near-absence of dialogue is counterbalanced by mathematically precise acting and the occasional verbalization of the philosophy of love. At times, if not most of the time, the music joins the characters as a leading constituent.
Tragic, complicated, addictive, much like love itself, After Love serves a carefully crafted dose of current narrative and appealing composition.