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The Lovers (2017)

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Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance.


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Azazel Jacobs
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Complete credited cast:
Debra Winger ... Mary
Tracy Letts ... Michael
Aidan Gillen ... Robert
Melora Walters ... Lucy
Tyler Ross ... Joel
Jessica Sula ... Erin
Lesley Fera ... Susan
Barry Eisen Barry Eisen ... Michael's Co-Worker
Wayne Alon Scott ... Butcher
Vanessa Campbell ... Dance Receptionist (as Vanessa Christelle)
Jeff Cairns Jeff Cairns ... Bar Guitarist


Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are a married couple. They live together, but are estranged from one another. They are both having long-standing extramarital affairs-she with Robert (Aidan Gillen) and he with Lucy (Melora Walters). Their lovers have both emphatically demanded they break up the marriage and Mary and Michael have vowed that they will do so after a visit from their son, Joel (Tyler Ross), and his new girlfriend, Erin (Jessica Sula)..

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A love so strong it can survive marriage See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Szeretők See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,286, 5 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,194,521, 14 July 2017
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A24 See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although playing characters of the same age, Debra Winger is actually over ten years older than co-star Tracy Letts. Winger was born in May of 1955 while Letts was born during July of 1965. See more »


Erin: So, when you met Mary, you were a musician?
Michael: A long, long time ago.
Erin: Oh.
Michael: I sold her a bill of goods.
Erin: Well, we all change.
Michael: Yeah. It's too bad.
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Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed & Arranged by Dan Waldkirch
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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No real love here
19 October 2017 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

I expected to enjoy this film because of the lead actors and the overall concept.

However, it turned out to be a disappointment. They all seemed so emotionally immature and all seemed to have such superficial relationships. The word "lover" did not really apply to any of them. The son had the most depth of feeling and the poor guy was obviously unloved too and trying to find something more with his girlfriend.

I felt sorry for every single person in this film. They all seemed pathetic. I'm not sure if that's what the writer meant to convey but I certainly did not enjoy this film. I think that none of these people knows what love is or how to give love or be loving. They're all just going through the motions and pretending they feel things they don't seem to feel.

I am so grateful that I have such a different experience of love and know what it is....

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