Love Is Strange: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Love Is Strange: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“Love Is Strange” is a drama film directed by Ira Sachs, which he has co-written with Mauricio Zacharias. The film opened in theaters on Aug. 22, 2014. Its cast members include: Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Manny Perez, Tank Burt, John Cullum, Adrianne Lennox, Erich Tabach, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Christina Kirk, Christian Coulson, Harriet Harris and Jason Stuart. Read on to learn more about “Love Is Strange” synopsis and review.

“Love Is Strange” Synopsis:


After being together for 39 years, Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) decided to tie the knot. However, their union is met with consequences as George, who works as a music teacher in a Catholic school, is fired for engaging in a same-sex marriage. Soon, the couple is forced to sell their Manhattan flat and live separately for a while. George moves in with a gay couple downstairs, while Ben lives with his nephew Elliot (Burrows) and his family.

“Love Is Strange” Review:

As of this writing, the film has scored an 84 on Metacritic, while the critics from Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 97 percent.

Joe McGovern of Entertainment Weekly rated the film with an A. He praised Sachs’ execution of the film, further noting that it was neither a gay ad for same-sex marriage nor reproaching the Catholic Church.

“Sachs, Molina, and Lithgow have given adult moviegoers a perfect piece of summer counterprogramming — a warm, humane, resplendent romance to savor while our days are still long,” wrote McGovern in the Entertainment Weekly article.

Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey commended the choice of actors, which complemented the film by making the ordinary scenes enlightening.

“The marriage between men is not the chief concern but rather how life should be lived — its joys, pains and all of its orientations equally embraced,” mentioned Sharkey in her review on Los Angeles Times.

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