Love Is Strange (2014)

Love Is Strange (2014)
  • Time: 94 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Ira Sachs
  • Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei


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 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.

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  • It seems like any other day for Ben and George (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina). They get up and get ready, try to find a taxi, exchange wedding vows, and hold the reception at their Manhattan home, delighting their intimate circle of friends and families with song and laughs. The day is a celebration of their 39 years together, of being, as one guest toasts, “an example to be followed.”

    The legalisation of their commitment has consequences. Though George’s homosexuality was long known to the Catholic school administrators, they reluctantly release him from his duties as music teacher after the diocese learns of the marriage. With the loss of George’s income and Ben a pensioner, the couple are forced to sell their apartment and ask their families to temporarily house them until they can find more affordable accommodations. George stays with Roberto and Ted (Manny Perez and Chayenne Jackson), gay cops living in the same building. Their constant partying strains George’s patience and emphasises his feelings of being an intruder.

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