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Love Is Strange (2014)



Critic Consensus: Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity.

Movie Info

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 (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bedroom. 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. (c) Sony Classicsmore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2015
Box Office: $2.3M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Manny Perez
as Roberto
Olya Zueva
as Eugenia
Jason Stuart
as Officiant
John Cullum
as Father Raymond
Tank Burt
as Doreen
Maryann Urbano
as Social Worker
Dovie Currin
as Piano Student
Ira Spaulding
as Choir Teacher
Adriane Lenox
as Principal
Jim Newman
as Ian's Boyfriend
Riko Higuma
as Pianist
Julia Meynert
as Violinist
Michael J. Burg
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Love Is Strange

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (39)

Molina and Lithgow's relationship is one of the most convincing in recent memory and it's thanks to their tender performances that the film is such a success.

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
Sun Online

Its slice-of-life concerns may seem trivial, but "Love Is Strange" is genuinely funny, tender and moving in spots.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Love is Strange is one of the most haunting love stories we will get to see in theaters this year. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 24, 2015
Cinema Tradicional

Love is Strange is a powerful fable about love and relationships. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 24, 2015
Cine Premiere

"Love is Strange " is an unpretentious film, made for those times when you just want to relax. [full review Spanish]

Full Review… | April 24, 2015

In a few words, this is a great film. [Full Review In Spanish]

Full Review… | April 20, 2015
La Vanguardia (Spain)

Audience Reviews for Love Is Strange

A gay couple is forced to move into separate apartments when their marriage threatens the sensibilities of one's employer.
An acting master class by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina with a fine supporting performance by Marissa Tomei highlight this softly moving story. The main conflicts are sometimes funny and sometimes quite dramatic and always genuine. Both main characters' loneliness figures prominently in the film's action, and its rendering is quite touching. While the film is "issue-driven," dealing with the injustices inflicted against gays and the affordability of real estate in Manhattan, it stays focused on the characters, which is its primary strength.
Overall, Lithgow and Molina together create a gem.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A heartbreaking, inspiring and timely depiction of family, love and relationships in myriad forms. Understated but powerful performances, delivered with dignity and all the failings humankind is subject to, reflecting the often unforeseen human costs of injustice. A superb family drama. This film shows that love is not as strange as the the people who love -- or as beautiful.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

American director Ira Sachs' work is clearly a movie made for devotees of reflective film and not mainstream box office. Sachs also co-produced and writes this account of disparate relationships. The fabricated arrangement gives way to some admittedly contrived situations manufactured in the interest of extracting a reaction. Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are extraordinarily good as the displaced couple. They lend a gravity to their characters that raise this chronicle to a higher level. Despite the narrative's handling of the hot button topic of same sex marriage, the real story exploits genuine emotion as it deals with the many-sided personalities in an extended family. This is a subtle production that has universal appeal. Whether they're singing at a piano to guests at a party or reflecting on what has become of their lives in separate bunk beds, Molina and Lithgow give nuanced performances. Yet the script accomplishes so much more. Love is Strange is a well written drama that beautifully handles the observational insights of a family tree and the way a simple crisis affects its many branches.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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