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An Intriguing, Understated Yet Intense Film (Four Stars) --The Age
A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE… The Amazing Catherine Denueve Proves Why She Should Still Be On Any List Of The Great International Actresses --HollywoodChicago.com
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In an effort to comfort Franck and better understand how the accident occurs, she begins spending more and more time with him, eventually trying to take over his life, much to the consternation of his family. At the same time she begins to withdraw from her own family, finally throwing her daughter (Elodie Bouchez) and grandson out of her house.
Deneuve gives an outstanding performance as a woman slipping from grief into obsession, as does Dumerchez. The rest of the cast are fine, especially Bouchez and Guy Marchand, as Camille's ex-husband.
Several of the scenes are chilling, such as when Camille wants Franck to recreate the accident, and when she refuses to hold her newborn grandson.
Intelligently written and crisply directed "Apres Lui" is a deeply disturbing, but highly entertaining film.
Catherine Deneuve is the divorced mother of Mathieu, a young man who is killed in a car accident. Mathieu's friend, Franck, was driving the car but managed to escape the accident unscathed. At the funeral, after everyone leaves, Catherine stays behind and finds her way to the location of the accident. There, she runs into Franck, who is placing flowers and did not feel he could go to the funeral and be welcome. Catherine takes him to her home where there is a post-funeral gathering, and everyone there shows their unhappiness and sometimes rage to see Franck among them.
Catherine on the other hand cannot spend enough time with Franck. She wants to spend time with him, she has him relay the details of the crash to her down to Matthieu's final moments, she wants to go to concerts with him, anything to spend time with Franck. And, he is lost and remorseful and sort of just accepts her presence and need to be around him. She goes so far as to inquire at the university how Franck's grades are and becomes determined that he not drop out of classes, which he has done since the accident. She finds him working for his father and tries to make the father understand that Franck needs to be at the university, but the father doesn't care and is happy for Franck's cheap labor to the family business. Desperate, Catherine then goes to Franck's mother and makes a deal with her whereby she will pay Franck a wage to work at her bookstore, while paying half of the wage to Franck's parents if they'll let him work for her.Read more ›
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EXQUISITE ! Even an adoring fan of Ms. Deneuve must see this as her very best film to date (and I have seen almost all of them). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Linda Carlson
It's Deneuve...what else is there to say. There's no better way to learn French than watching a Deneuve film with the Engliish subtitles switched on.Published on January 8, 2013 by D. Reardon
Apres Lui (After Him) is a french movie with my favorite French actress Catherine Deneuve.
It is about a woman who lost her son in a car accident and she got so attached to... Read more