Love Is Strange Brazil, France, Greece, USA 2014 – 98min.
Love Is Strange
After 39 years together, George and Ben decide to get married. But when they get back from their honeymoon, George is immediately fired. From one day to the next, the couple no longer has the means to pay for their New York apartment. Forced to sell and move, they are also compelled to count on friends and family. Their new lives keep them apart and put a strain on those around them.
Directed by Ira Sachs (Married Life, Keep The Lights On), Love Is Strange is a delicate movie about our rapport with love, whether adolescent or aged. The focus here is on the couple played by Alfred Molina (George) and John Lithgow (Ben) who – after a hard blow – have to live separately for the first time in almost 40 years. A realistic portrait of a couple during different stages of love, from the meet cute through difficulty to hyper-dependency and symbiosis. Ira Sachs again collaborates with Mauricio Zacharias, the co-screenwriter of Keep The Lights On. Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are pitch-perfect, realistic, touching and funny.
The story plays against a backdrop of issues still debated within American society: marriage equality, religious conservatism, discrimination, and inequality within the government’s tax and welfare system.