Love Is Strange, Ira Sachs, 2014
By Ali Tenenbaum
Ira Sachs gives us the very poignant and emotional story of an older gay couple that finally decides to tie the knot.The film is a bit of a mess sprinkled with some beautiful moments, great acting and a very human story.The central plot is focused on the consequences of the marriage, but the heart of the movie lies in the complicated relationships between characters, which unfold quite convincingly.
I vacillated between being extremely moved and connected to the movie and being annoyed at the lack of character development, scenes that linger a bit too long and the painfully convenient plot. Oh, the music drove me bonkers too. Way too committed to one genre, it’s overdone and oppressive.
It’s a modern story that we don’t get to see represented on screen very much. Modern grandmas will like it a lot. Little kids - nah, but big kids dragged to it by older folk might find it eye-opening.
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