Rent After Love (2020)

3.8 of 5 from 250 ratings
1h 29min
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Grappling with the unexpected death of her husband (Nasser Memarzia), Mary Hussain (Joanna Scanlan) is tidying his things in their Dover home when she stumbles upon a secret connection he had across the Channel, in Calais. Armed with just a bag and his mobile phone, she sets off to uncover the truth.
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Aleem Khan
Matthieu de Braconier
Voiced By:
Aaron Chawla, Jeff Mirza
Aleem Khan
Aleem Khan, Aleem Khan (Writer/Director)

2022 BAFTA Best Actress

Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
89 minutes
Release Date:
Run Time:
89 minutes
Arabic DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Arabic LPCM Stereo, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Stereo, French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French LPCM Stereo, Urdu DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Urdu LPCM Stereo
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
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  • After Love Q&A (2021, 46 mins): director Aleem Khan and actors Joanna Scanlan and Nathalie Richard talk to Isra Al Kassi, curator and co-founder of TAPE collective
  • Three Brothers (2014, 17 mins): Aleem Khan's short allegorical drama about dealing with grief and responsibility for the first time
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Stills Gallery

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Reviews (7) of After Love

Surprisingly compelling - After Love review by NK

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It's difficult to go into any detail about this story without dropping spoilers. All I will say is that it's about real people trying to deal with a very real situation.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

A fine, complex love story - After Love review by TE

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A carefully paced, insightful take on the ancient theme of the married man who leads a double life.

Joanna Scanlon is excellent as the UK-based wife who follows the trail of her late husband's text messages to Calais. Scanlon often plays comic roles on television but here she grabs the chance to show her acting skills.

The story hinges on an outrageous decision she makes when her husband's mistress mistakes her for a cleaner. At first this decision seems to unblance the film, but the implications are built up in a subtle and absorbing way by director Aleem Khan.

The film is at its best when telling the inner story of the relationships portrayed. There seems to be some implied comment about post-Brexit Britain, symbolised by the white cliffs of Dover tumbling into the sea, but the meaning is obscure and it is the emotional journey of the three main characters that stays with us.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Wonderful Drama - After Love review by GI

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A poignant drama with an excellent central performance from Joanna Scanlon. She plays Mary, a British woman who converted to Islam years before in order to marry her beloved husband Ahmed, a Pakistani man who is an officer on the cross channel ferries. They live a quiet life of domesticity with Ahmed often away due to his work. When he dies unexpectedly Mary finds herself a little lost amongst the muslim community she has become part of. But her life is thrown into emotional chaos when she discovers Ahmed had a secret life in France. She decides to go there in order to uncover it. This is a story of secrets and lies and a study of people caught between culture and personal identity. All the characters are seemingly leading double lives which causes anger and questioning of what people actually stand for. It's a subtle yet powerful story, wonderfully acted. Worth checking out.

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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