Fifth about The Seventh

The World After Us (Le Monde Après Nous)

The World After Us: Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas’ low-key film is touching and realistic as it tells the story of a couple of young lovers trying to make it work in spite of all the economic hardships. The film is somewhat too modest in its ambitions, and the main character is not engaging, so the story’s quiet realism is not fully rewarding. Acting is appropriately subtle and functional: Aurélien Gabrielli, as the young writer struggling to make ends meet, is OK, and his infatuation with the student played by Louise Chevillotte feels completely justified. The dissonant musical score, by composer Jean-Charles Bastion, somehow feels a good match for the tone of the film. Cinematographer Amine Berrada captures the action with a very intimate camera, also a fine match. The low runtime is welcome, since the pace is a tad too slow.

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