WICKED LITTLE LETTERS (TIFF 2023) – Review by Liz Braun

Wicked Little Letters, a dark comedy about an actual scandal that rocked the village of Littlehampton in 1920, is a comical whodunnit and sting operation that broadcast (and spoof) the racism and misogyny of the era. The film has an exhilarating pace and is funny and broad, placing its social message in a lightweight wrapper for easy consumption. Various over-the-top scenes suggest the performers enjoyed making this movie as much as audiences will enjoy watching it.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 20, 2023: AFTER LOVE

Grieving widow Mary (Joanna Scanlan) is dismayed to discover that her late husband, Ahmed (Nasser Memarzia), had a secret second life — and family — in writer/director Aleem Khan’s moving feature debut After Love. Anchored by the nuanced, authentic performances of Scanlan and co-star Nathalie Richard, the film explores the impact of grief and deception as it follows what h appens when the two women in Ahmed’s life cross paths.

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AFTER LOVE – Review by Loren King

Duality, secrecy and mystery are beautifully woven through this textured debut feature from English-Pakistani filmmaker Aleem Khan. A portrait of a marriage, with years of secrets and lies, is layered with clashes of identity and culture in Britain and France. After Love is anchored by an unforgettable performance from Joanna Scanlan as Mary, an unassuming British woman and practicing Muslim who converted when she married Ahmed (Nasser Memarzia), a ferry captain whose regular route shuttles between the Dover cliffs and Calais.

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