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Love Is Strange

98' min.
Year of Production:
John Lithgow
John Lithgow
Alfred Molina
Marisa Tomei
Charlie Tahan
Cheyenne Jackson
Production Company:
Parts And Labour
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

When same-sex marriage is legalised in New York in 2011, Ben and George decide to marry after 39 years together. Shortly after this, George, who works as a music teacher at a Catholic school, is dismissed without notice and they lose their apartment in Chelsea. George finds a place to stay with a gay couple who are both police officers and Ben is taken in by his nephew’s family in Brooklyn. Strained efforts to be considerate, nagging ill humour, encroachment on private spaces and burgeoning anxiety about the future put a constant strain on the friendships in these new living arrangements. Impressively, almost nonchalantly, director Ira Sachs and his stellar ensemble turn a story about loss of livelihood in the wake of homophobia into a sensitive study of partnerships. Alfred Molina and John Lithgow embody the deep bond between George and Ben with a touchingly tender light-heartedness, giving us a couple that counters a stolid, opinionated hegemony with disarming confidence, and who enchant each other and us with their love.


Born in Memphis, USA in 1965, Sachs’ work has already screened in the Berlinale Panorama section in 2005 with FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, in 2010 with LAST ADDRESS and in 2012 with KEEP THE LIGHTS ON which won the Teddy Award. In 2013 he was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

FILMOGRAFIE Ira Sachs (selection)

2016 Little Men  2014 Love Is Strange  2012 Keep The Lights On  2009 Last Address  2007 Married Life  2005 Forty Shades of Blue  2002 Untitled  2002 Get it while you can  2000 10/26/00  1997 The Delta  1994 Lady  1992 Vaudeville 

Ira Sachs @IMDb

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