Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Love is Strange

We watched Love is Strange last week. It was a thing of beauty.

The story is very simple: The two main characters get married, and soon thereafter need to find a new home. Money is very tight (Alfred Molina's character loses his job; from what I understood, Jon Lithgow receives a meager senior pension), so friends/family help by taking them into their homes. Separately.

In theory, this movie could have veered cheesy, or beat you over the head with melancholy. In reality, it was beautiful and subtle and touching. The one-two punch of story and performance showed a gentle, honest relationship between two people who know each other (and love each other) in that way unique to couples who've been side-by-side for a long time. You see friendship, understanding, aggravation, affection. You see two men who are pulled apart by circumstance, but whose love is far too strong to be shattered. (The movie offers a nice lesson in patience, too.)

Watch the trailer. See the movie!! You'll only find things to love about it. (I already want to see it again.)

Photos c/o IMDB
Trailer c/o Youtube

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