Love is Strange

“John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a couple who have been together for–stop right there. I’m sold already, just shut up and take my money. I mean really, I don’t need anymore convincing.

Fine, I’ll finish that sentance. They’re a couple, Ben and George, who have been together for almost 40 years. They’re happy to finally be able to get married, but just after doing so, George loses his teaching position at a parochial school because of it. They wind up living apart with different family members while trying to get back on their feet.

The whole film is just an honest look at life, family, and relationships. Watching the interactions and frustrations and day to day situations (okay, did not intend to have all those rhymes) felt real. Those two are master actors (but we knew this) and the beautiful simplicity in the script and story allowed for that realism to break through.

Sometimes it may have been a little too frustrating and heartbreaking to watch. Seeing Ben feel in the way staying with his nephew’s family, and George feeling out of place with his neightbors was tough. We’ve all been in those situations, and you just wanna run for the exit. But these guys can’t. And the one person they most would want to help them get thru their small personal hell is currently stuck in their own.

There was a kind of sad vibe throughout. For me, a lot of that came from a feeling of helplessness. Even though I knew it was a major plot point to kickstart the film, I was livid when George lost his job. Given how many of my closest friends are LBGT, these stories hit me hard. I still don’t understand how that type of discrimination is allowed to go on, and it makes me furious to see the results. Especially in this case, since it seemed so arbitrary that while it was okay for them to openly live together for decades, getting married crossed that line and was no longer acceptable. Not being able to fight back for them, but just sitting and watching gutted me.

There are no words to describe the tremendous actors that Lithgow and Molina are, so I’m not even going to try. But they delivered on every promise made by their association with this film. I hated it and I loved it at the same time. I mean, I didn’t really hate it, but so many negative emotions were stirred up. Positive ones too, of course. Just such a heartbreakingly beautiful film.

Love is Strange – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n”

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