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REVIEW: Love is Strange

Posted By: Richard Crouse · 9/19/2014 10:00:00 AM

As befits the story of a couple that spent almost four decades together, “Love is Strange,” a new drama starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, takes its time telling the story.

Lithgow and Molina are Ben and George, a painter and music teacher who, after thirty-nine years together, make it official. Marriage brings with it one unexpected consequence, George loses his job at a Catholic school because he has now officially come out of the closet. The sudden reduction in salary forces the pair out of their Co-Op building and home of twenty years. As they look for a new place they’re forced to live separately, coach surfing with relatives until an apartment they can afford comes available.

“Love is Strange” is a simple, beautiful, restrained, funny and moving movie anchored by two astounding performances. Co-writers Ira Sachs (who also directed) and Mauricio Zacharias blend humour, pathos, love and real ...