Authentic, genuine and affecting.
In careers littered with big roles, Molina and Lithgow provide a masterclass. Their skill is evident in the subtle, gorgeous humanity they draw from their roles, baring souls with no bombast or vanity. Their craft holds back the film’s trips into melodrama and saccharine to create sophisticated and exquisite lyricism.
Humour and commentary abound, encapsulated within a love letter to New York City. Whilst an interesting meander amongst friends, there are often lulls in narrative throughout that require patience whilst Sachs attempts to present the several sides and dynamics of love. Some connect, some disenchant.
Charming, warming and occasionally frustrating. Love is Strange is transformed from a warm stage play into an honest, beautiful love story by its two outstanding leads.
CAST: Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows
DIRECTOR: Ira Sachs
WRITERS: Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
SYNOPSIS: After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing — a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.