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‘Love Is Strange’ is marred by plot imperfections but buoyed by first-rate performances

10 March 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in “Love Is Strange

Love Is Strange

Directed by Ira Sachs

Written by Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias

USA/France, 2014

So intertwined are Ben (John Lithgow) and George’s (Alfred Molina) lives in Ira Sachs’ new movie Love Is Strange that everything is completely changed by the absence of one another. Uncannily reminiscent of Leo McCarey’s depression era film Make Way for Tomorrow about an elderly couple forced to live apart by bankruptcy, Love Is Strange echoes that story in many ways but adds modern relevance by making the couple gay and the cause of their separation rooted in homophobic discrimination. At the cost of plausibility it lamentably shoots itself in the foot so that it can stay located in Manhattan but through virtue of the talent on hand it is still able to create piteous moments of longing for a hard won happily »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Love Is Strange’

19 January 2014 1:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Truth springs from the title and trickles down into every pore of “Love Is Strange,” an uncompromising yet accessible slice-of-life expression from Ira Sachs, one of the most perceptive and personal directors working in American cinema. Here, the helmer branches out beyond his own lived experience to imagine a same-sex relationship 39 years strong as it is tested immediately following the couple’s long-overdue marriage. This beautifully observed ensembler shines on the strength of its two leads, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, who conjure four decades together as they enter the “for better, for worse” phase of their union.

Keenly aware that it is the “sexual” part of homosexuality that seems to offend the family-values crowd, Sachs has shrewdly focused on an example where hearts lead the way — so much so that the couple’s progressive New York family look to their old gay uncles as role models in romance. That »

- Peter Debruge

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