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Love Is Strange -- Ben and George take advantage of New York’s new marriage laws and tie the knot after being together for 39 years. Unfortunately, the Catholic school where George teaches does not approve and they reluctantly fire him, forcing the couple to split up and stay with friends while they sell their apartment and look for cheaper housing. George crashes with two gay police officers, while Ben, who’s a painter, bunks with his nephew’s family in Brooklyn -‐ a temporary situation that weighs heavily on all involved.
Love Is Strange -- Legendary screen and stage actor John Lithgow clues AOL BUILD in on the stop-and-go, sometimes tedious, movie making process. In comparison, John Lithgow mentions the constant interaction with the audience in theater, and the lightning fast sitcom atmosphere. Interview at AOL HQ in NYC for AOL BUILD.
Love Is Strange -- 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.
Love Is Strange -- 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.
Love Is Strange -- 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.

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Director:
Writers:
Ira Sachs (written by) &
Mauricio Zacharias (written by)
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Release Date:
2 October 2014 (Albania) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Could have been so much better... See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (Complete credited cast)

Alfred Molina ... George Garea

John Lithgow ... Ben Hull

Darren E. Burrows ... Elliot Hull (as Darren Burrows)

Charlie Tahan ... Joey Hull

Cheyenne Jackson ... Ted

Manny Perez ... Roberto

Christina Kirk ... Mindy

Marisa Tomei ... Kate Hull

Tank Burt ... Doreen

Christian Coulson ... Ian

John Cullum ... Father Raymond

Harriet Sansom Harris ... Honey (as Harriet Harris)

Adriane Lenox ... Principal

Jason Stuart ... Officiant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bell ... David

Michael J. Burg ... Bartender
Henry Crouch ... Henry

Dovie Currin ... Piano Student (as Dovie Lepore-Currin)

Daphne Gaines ... Linda
Jeff Goad ... Jeff
Riko Higuma ... Pianist
Christopher King ... Lawyer

Sebastian La Cause ... Marco
Julia Meynert ... Violinist
Jim Newman ... John, Ian's Boyfriend

Andrew Polk ... Doctor
Ira Spaulding ... Choir Teacher

Eric Tabach ... Vlad
Maryann Urbano ... Social Worker
Anahi Vidal ... Girl
Tatyana Zbirovskaya ... Zlata

Olya Zueva ... Eugenia
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Rated R for language
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94 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »

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Trivia:
Ben's paintings were done by painter Boris Torres, who is also director Ira Sachs' husband.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When George is playing the piano at the wedding reception, the sounds do not match up with what his hands are playing.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ben:My glasses. I can't find my glasses.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Game of Thrones" (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2See more »

47 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Could have been so much better..., 29 September 2014
Author: kevin54-1 from United States

My partner and I were really looking forward to this movie - a story about a loving mature gay couple dealing with some harsh realities, played by some wonderful actors. While I found the acting to be generally good, the writing and direction were uneven and confusing. First the good: the two leads are wonderful and understated playing the gay couple who've been together for 39 years, now facing the realities of being temporarily homeless, and separated from each other. Now the bad: the whole premise of the movie, that this couple found it necessary to each find separate temporary living arrangements while trying to find a new apartment, stretched all credibility. I found this unbelievable, especially when they had the option to live together with a relative outside the city. For some reason, they felt it imperative to live separately in the city even though neither was now employed. The whole movie seems so contrived that it seems the writers chose almost any situation to advance the film so that it got to the ending that they had written, whether it made sense or not. The idea of two late 60s/early 70s men with no apparent savings/pension/income to be able to maintain their condo for at least a little while also stretched credibility - instead they selfishly share their predicament with relatives and friends and crash separately with them. The writers/director have created a story with so many holes and illogical story paths that I found myself annoyed and angry with the characters. John Lithgow's character seems oblivious to the fact that he is becoming an imposition to his nephew's family, especially to his nephew's young 15 year old son with whom he is sharing bunk beds. While I hardly expect everything in a movie to be sewn up neatly by the end, the writers introduced characters and story lines that the viewer was lead to believe mattered- but were dropped and never resolved. Who was the young boy's friend Vlad? What was behind the tension between the nephew and his wife? Why did Vlad and the young boy steal French lit books? What's up with the disco/party cops? Why the extended sob scene of the boy in the stairwell at the end? Has the movie become about him? A considerable time is spent on each of these items in the movie and yet there are no answers, and they don't seem relevant to what the story should have been about. A different director, one who was not also the writer, might have helped make this a better movie. I also couldn't help but think that this was a 2 hour movie that was cut to 90 minutes and the answers were left on the floor somewhere.

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