Love Is Strange

Love Is Strange

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After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. George moves in with two cops who live down stairs while Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their teenage son. While struggling with the pain of separation, they are challenged by the tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

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MAXWHELAN
May 23, 2017

Enjoyed! Smart and brilliantly cast... Nothing sappy about this romance.

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dylankemp
Oct 10, 2016

A bit slow for my liking, but also absolutely gorgeous. The story is a about a couple of gay men who after nearly three decades together get married. One of them immediately loses his job as a music teacher for a Catholic school. The other is retired, so money becomes tight, and the plot flows from there. Has some great moments, and the whole thing is full of class.

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readyrisa
Aug 26, 2016

LOVE IS STRANGE should have been better than it is. Interesting story and premise, but something was left out. Don't know if scenes were cut out or maybe never even filmed, but it's quite disappointing and it could have been so good.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 12, 2016

Sad. Very sad. That's the word I would use to describe married life for poor Ben and George. In love all their life and then separated just as their marriage is beginning, LOVE IS STRANGE encapsulates a tragic collapse of everything but love. A Catholic school music teacher for years, George is unceremoniously dismissed upon news of his marriage to Ben, a painter. They've been together forever and the school community are aware and supportive of their thirty-nine-year relationship. No one is complaining but the diocese. As the breadwinner, George's job loss threatens their way of life and everything they knew is dismantled. They sell their home for a pittance and move in with family. And family can be awful when you intrude on the pocket of space they've carved out. Everything hits rock bottom and it breaks your heart to watch Ben and George struggle. It's not a very active film, quiet and personal, and it doesn't try to make grandiose social or political statements. But it feels real and raw. And if you like that kind of thing, I recommend LOVE IS STRANGE. You won't cling to your seats, but it will move you all the same.

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rhodo86
Feb 26, 2016

Is this really a sad movie?
When the pot thickened and tension ran high, instead of turning itself into a tear jerker, at that darkest moment, love, in its strange way, persisted. Warm and gentle like the new dawn, it reached out to everyone around, different generation or not. The final outcome was nothing but positive and refreshing. Love goes on, is that sad?
Great acting and beautiful directing. Pace is slow and rightly so. Sensitive and well done but obviously not for everyone.

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ms_mustard
Feb 15, 2016

a touching film about families and relationships - older, middle and younger. cross-generational love and conflict.

is it strange that love endures?

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tenet
Sep 29, 2015

Rated 7/10.

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BlueHippo
Jun 16, 2015

Very well acted but overall too depressing for my taste. Plus, I found the character of the husband of Marisa Torme to be downright creepy.

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muffinpopcorn
Jun 04, 2015

Eventhough I don't condone this lifestyle , this was a good movie , well acted , and surprisingly touching. One sees the other side of the coin in a completely different lifestyle that has it's own complications . Great acting and the story is sad but also worth watching . Ladies do yourself a favor and watch without males present , unless he is a very compassionate kind of guy.

KittyMoonshine May 29, 2015

I enjoyed this film. It is sweet and accurately portrays the trials of being invited to live in someones home, but constantly reminded you are a guess and an inconvenience. These characters should be enjoying the twilight years of their lives, but are subjected to misery.

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