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Love Is Strange

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Director: Ira Sachs

Screenwriters: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias

Institute History

  • 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Description

After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when news of their marriage reaches the Catholic school where George works, he is fired from his longtime job, and the couple can no longer afford their New York City apartment. As a temporary solution, George moves in with the two gay cops next door, while Ben moves to Brooklyn to live with his nephew, Eliot; Eliot’s wife, Kate; and their teenage son. As Ben and George struggle to secure a new apartment, the pain of living apart and their presence in two foreign households test the resilience and relationships of all involved.

Propelled by exquisite performances from John Lithgow as Ben and Alfred Molina as George, with robust support from Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, and young Charlie Tahan, this subtle, yet profound, drama is suffused with gentle humor. From distinguished Festival veteran Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue won the Grand Jury Prize in 2005, and Keep the Lights On played in the U.S. Dramatic Competition in 2012), Love Is Strange will shake audience members to their cores.

— D.C.

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