Joachim Lafosse

Few contemporary filmmakers travel as far down the road of human relationships in extremis as Joachim Lafosse. Eschewing visual flourishes in favour of grounded, realistic drama, his international breakthrough came with his third feature 'Private Property' (2006). It starred Isabelle Huppert as a divorced mother of two who decides to change her life, prompting friction between the family members. In 'Private Lessons' (2008), a young tennis player is taken under the wing of an old pro, whose family life is rapidly disintegrating. 'Our Children' (2012), based on a true story, tells the devastating story of a young woman ('Rosetta'’s Émilie Dequenne) whose marriage to a man (Tahar Rahim) and co-habitation with his initially benevolent adoptive father results in a tragic outcome. Its refusal to shy away from extreme human behaviour resulted in an uncomfortable but all-too-credible drama. 'After Love' (2016) is no less uncompromising as it details the attempt of an estranged couple and parents of two girls who economic circumstances for them to live together. But like all of Lafosse’s work, 'After Love' is a film of compassion and humanity.

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