Exploring unconventional relationships has been a mainstay of independent cinema for decades and Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange explores a relationship we don’t often see in films, that of Ben and George (John Lithgow, Alfred Molina), two men who have been together as a couple for nearly 40 years. After they’re finally able to get legally married, they suddenly find themselves in a situation where they have to sell their New York apartment and stay with friends and family until they find a new place, essentially separating them for the first time in decades.
It’s the type of poignant slice-of-life drama we rarely see these days, one with such a naturalistic feel it’s hard to imagine actors of lower caliber being able to pull off such authenticity in terms of the characterizations. (It doesn’t hurt that Sachs cast three-time Oscar nominee Marisa Tomei as one of Ben’s family who is particularly put out by him moving in with them.)
Sachs’ previous film Keep the Lights On won a number of festival awards as well as receiving four Independent Spirit Award nominations and Love is Strange has received such a warm reception so far, we expect it to follow suit.
ComingSoon.net sat down with Sachs and his stars at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho to talk about the movie in two separate video interviews which you can watch below.
Alfred Molina & John Lithgow
If there’s any doubt the two veteran actors work well as a couple who have been together for four decades, one only has to sit down with them for a few minutes and see how well their rapport and chemistry works in person. We spoke with the two veteran actors about what interested them in Sachs’ script and their respective roles
ComingSoon.net previously spoke with Sachs eight years ago for his film Married Life, which was a very different movie about marital infidelity during the ’50s. This time, he talked with us about the inspirations that got him and his writing partner Mauricio Zacharias writing about different relationships in modern-day New York City and the naturalistic approach he took to the storytelling. He mentions that he and Mauricio have already started writing the third part of their trilogy of New York movies together and we share a few of our own stories about living in the city.
Love is Strange opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, August 22.