Sachs’s redrawing of McCarey’s married couple, now as long time gay partners, is an interesting development. Having been lovers for decades, Ben and George finally decide to tie the knot but in so doing George loses his job at the Catholic school in which he works. Thus the film’s plot takes on an almost anti-romcom narrative. Rather than ending with the resolution of a blissful marriage, Love Is Strange opens with a marriage and it is this marriage that prompts all sorts of hardships and ordeals to unravel. Unable to pay the bills, George must move in with the next-door neighbours whilst Ben pitches tent in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife and their children. The pair must soon learn to cope with the pain of separation and confront the tensions nascent within their extended family.
Sachs is adept at bringing out observant, warm and knowing humour (and proved this robustly in 2012’s Keep the Lights On) and Love Is Strange is no exception. With gentle meandering shots of New York tying the interwoven narratives together, it is unlikely this is a film that will leave many feeling detached from its story. But perhaps most striking about Love Is Strange is Molina and Lithgow’s performances, both of which are said to be beautifully real, subtle and nuanced. Although it may be far fetched given the scale of the movie, the duo’s performances have even courted some Oscar buzz.
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|What||Love is Strange|
|Where||Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
06 Feb 15 – 06 Mar 15, 12:00 AM
|Website||Click here for more information|