After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their temperamental teenage son, with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.
Directed by Memphis native Ira Sachs, Love is Strange blends the romance of New York City's streets and skyline with a delicate Chopin piano score to poignantly capture both the lightness and sorrows of this modern-day love story.
In his review of the film last September, Commercial Appeal film critic John Beifuss said, “Love Is Strange is poised to be a breakout film for Memphis-born director Ira Sachs, in part because it provides an Oscar-worthy showcase for a pair of venerable character actors, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. [It] arrives at a time when the issue of same-sex marriage makes news almost daily, but the movie owes its timeliness more to the zeitgeist than to Sachs’ powers as a Cassandra. If it was conceived as a ‘message’ movie, the message is one of love and hope.”
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