“All my life is loving you,” is a line of dialogue that, on the page, looks worn thin with familiarity, a little like the trite English title of Claire Burger
’s solo directorial debut, “Real Love
.” But to reveal that the words are spoken not by a pining lover during the dash-to-the-airport climax of a romantic comedy, but by a father unwittingly tripping on ecstasy, to his two teenage daughters and his estranged wife, is to hint at the nature of this gorgeous film’s gentle miracle, which is to take its well-worn, soapy setup and rinse it of cliché, so it comes up new and shining. For any father who ever loved his child, or any child who ever loved their father, “Real Love
” brings real joy.
Floodlit by a superlatively sympathetic performance by Belgian actor Bouli Lanners
, Burger’s partly autobiographical film, which she also wrote, starts in the aftermath of a departure.