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The Lovers is a refreshing, funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of “cheating” on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.
The Lovers is set for release on May 5th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a longtime couple finds that the spark has gone out of their marriage, and begin seeking satisfaction in outside affairs. One thing leads to another, the new relationships grow more serious, and it looks like the marriage is about to be over for good. So far, so […]
- Angie Han
"So you're screwing your wife now?" A24 has premiered the trailer for an indie drama titled The Lovers, from director Azazel Jacobs (Terri), an intriguing look at modern marriage. Veteran actors Debra Winger and Tracy Letts star as a married couple who have been together for a long time, but each of them is now fully engaged in an affair. Wen they find a spark between them again, they try to figure out how to navigate the issue of cheating and see if they can't stay together. The cast includes Tyler Ross & Eric Satterberg. This looks like a solid relationship drama about the struggles of marriage and what it means to be in love. Plus, by now we all know anything A24 releases is usually of a certain quality, and this seems to be up there. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Azazel Jacobs' The Lovers, direct from »
- Alex Billington
Since 2001, actress Debra Winger has appeared sporadically in films and TV shows. She starred in and produced “Big Bad Love” opposite her husband Arliss Howard, co-starred in Jonathan Demme’s 2008 film “Rachel Getting Married” and the third season of HBO’s “In Treatment” and currently stars in the Netflix series “The Ranch.” But this year, she will star in her first film in over a decade opposite acclaimed playwright and actor Tracy Letts in “The Lovers.”
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“The Lovers” follows Mary (Winger) and Michael (Letts) as a down-and-out married couple. Both are having affairs (played by Aidan Gillen and Melora Walters, respectively) and are set to end their union, until they unexpectedly rekindle the passion between them and fall in love once again. Watch a trailer for the film below.
The film is directed by Azazel Jacobs. »
- Vikram Murthi
After a banner year that included The Witch, Krisha, Green Room, The Lobster, De Palma, Swiss Army Man, Morris from America, American Honey, Moonlight, and 20th Century Women, A24 are gearing up for quite a 2017 as well. One of their first releases of the year will be The Lovers, and today the first trailer has arrived.
Starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, the dramedy comes from writer-director Azazel Jacobs, who impressed a few years back with Terri. Exploring infidelity and reconciliation in a marriage, it looks to be akin to Scenes From a Marriage, American-style, and I especially look forward to Letts’ performance, who was terrific in a handful of films last year.
- Jordan Raup
The setup for The Lovers is almost farcical: Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a wife and husband who are both in serious relationships outside their marriage. But then they end up cuddling in bed one morning and become preoccupied with each other, leaving their respective paramours in the lurch. Thus, the question of who is actually doing the betraying gets seriously twisted. The jilted parties are played by Aidan Gillen and Melora Walters, while the film is directed by Azazel Jacobs of the HBO series Doll & Em. This is the first feature for Winger, who has been biding her time on Netflix’s The Ranch, in a couple of years, and that alone is reason to celebrate. The Lovers is due out May 5.
- Esther Zuckerman
Generally speaking, A24 either acquire or debut films on the festival circuit before bringing them to cinemas, but that strategy doesn’t always need to be followed. Occasionally, there’s a film whose charm speaks for itself and whose ambitions are modest, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t just go right to theaters. And for “The Lovers,” the indie studio is keeping things simple and doing just that.
Directed by Azazel Jacobs (“Terri“), and starring Tracey Letts, Debra Winger, and Aiden Gillen, the film follows a long-married couple who each have an affair, only to develop a stronger attraction to each other than ever before.
- Kevin Jagernauth
7 items from 2017
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