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Love Comes Lately (2008)



Critic Consensus: Though it doesn't quite live up to the source material, this adaptation of three Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories is poignant and charming.

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Movie Info

Max Kohn is a writer in his seventies who is increasingly haunted by his weakening body and ebbing sexual prowess. Asleep on an Amtrak train, Max dreams the conductor asks him if he sleeps with women anymore; the questioning becoming so intense and distressing that Max awakens, still disturbed by the interrogation. This begins a process where Max daydreams, flirts, longs for lost loves, dreams and pours his angst into his literary work.


Otto Tausig
as Max Kohn
Elizabeth Peña
as Esperanza
Caroline Aaron
as Rachel Meyerowitz
Olivia Thirlby
as Sylvia Brokeles
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Critic Reviews for Love Comes Lately

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

One of the best compliments to be paid a movie based on fiction is that it compels you to read other things by the author. Love Comes Lately is likely to elicit such a response.

August 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A film that might be called stubbornly magical.

July 31, 2008 | Full Review…

Fear of intimacy trumps fear of death in Love Comes Lately, filmmaker Jan Schütte's plaintively effective merging of three Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The idea's not terrible, and no filmmaker has bothered with Singer for years, but this movie chooses to reduce the author's soulfulness to mirrored tales of lonely, randy seniors, all of whom Tausig plays. In one sense, it's a disservice.

July 11, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Love Comes Lately, a new English-language film from the German director Jan Schutte, has the good sense to begin with three very good short stories by the modern master Isaac Bashevis Singer.

June 13, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

The plight of the aged is worthy of consideration, but a series of AARP fantasies do not a story make.

June 13, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Comes Lately

While I found the blurring of reality and imagination thought provoking, and while I admire some of the more mundane humor, I simply could not get behind Max - a charactor who glides through the film as things happen all around him; more of a force that moves the plot along than an actual engaged charactor (fictional or otherwise). The women who drift in and out of Max's vision all do a very nice job supporting the film, especially Barbara Hershey, although I found Pena's performance just too polarized and predictable (hampered by the script, no doubt). What this film tells about ageing is poignant and at the crux, but there's just too much sleight of hand to really make you feel for Max.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

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