After Him

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    After Him

    Après lui

    Directed by

    France

    2007

    90 min

    • French

    Drama

    Directors' Fortnight

    Following the sudden death of her son Mathieu in a car accident, Camille reaches out to his best friend Franck in an attempt to cope with her loss and gain a focus for her pain. However, this initially cathartic relationship soon begins to border on the obsessive, and Camille's family begin to question her state of mind as she devotes more and more time to Franck. While the film hints at a possible sexual relationship between Franck and Mathieu in the opening scenes, sexuality is not the focus here. Instead, director Gaël Morel and co-writer Christophe Honoré have put together a beautifully controlled meditation on the suffocating nature of grief.

    Credits

    Cast
    Catherine Deneuve
    Thomas Dumerchez
    Adrien Jolivet
    Screenplay
    Gaël Morel
    Christophe Honoré
    Cinematography
    Jean-Max Bernard
    Music
    Louis Sclavis
    Production
    GLORIA FILMS
    Production
    RHONE-ALPES CINEMA

    Press

    Well-cast thesps imbue pic’s social experiment with a fair quotient of believability, no matter how extreme the situations.

    Lisa Nesselson, Variety

    Gael Morel

    Gael Morel

    France

    Morel was born in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, France. He also grew up in the nearby little village of Lacenas in the Villefranche district. At the age of 15, Morel left home to pursue film studies in Lyon, and later moved to Paris. There he met acclaimed French director André Téchiné who cast him in the lead role of François in the multi César-winning 1994 film WILD REEDS which brought him to wider fame, earning much critical praise for his performance, and a 1995 César nomination for Most Promising Young Actor. While his co-stars Élodie Bouchez and Stéphane Rideau have both gone on to successful acting careers (he has often cast them in his own films), Morel has chosen to pursue a career behind the camera, as filmmaking has always been his passion.

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