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Julie and Yuval live in Paris, are in love and have just had a baby. When Yuval needs to return to Israel to renew his visa, they start sharing their family routine via video call. Watching each other obsessively through a screen, however, begins to take its toll on their relationship. Will their love survive the perils of this new form of “interaction”?

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  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    French, English, Hebrew
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  • Note
    It’s unlikely that Israeli writer-director Keren Ben Rafael had any idea how universally relatable her film about two people trying to maintain their connection via video chat would become following the pandemic of 2020. Yet while so many of us have now faced the experience of only seeing our loved ones in the virtual sphere, Ben Rafael’s second feature The End of Love manages to find fresh perspective and a welcome hint of levity. When the film begins, Yuval has returned to his homeland of Israel to apply for a permanent French visa while his French wife Julie remains in their Paris apartment juggling childcare for their one-year-old and a demanding job as an architect. Yuval tries to be a daily part of his young family’s life, cooing, dirty-talking, and backseat-driving from the computer screen, but as time passes and bureaucracy fails, the couple’s relationship starts to fray. Served by beautifully raw performances by Judith Chemla and Arieh Worthalter, The End of Love essays an up-to-the-minute formalism in its commitment to telling a story nearly exclusively through the video chat window, but reaches emotional fullness through a deeper insight into age-old problems in gender relations.
  • Director
    Keren Ben Rafael
  • Screenwriter
    Elise Benroubi and Keren Ben Rafael
  • Cast
    Judith Chemla, Arieh Worthalter, Noémie Lvovsky