Review: Love is Strange
Languorous, unpretentious and gentle.Married! After thirty-nine years together , George and Ben formalize their union. Around them New York friends and family are enthusiastic , both for the longevity of their story and for the legal happy ending. But this displayed happiness costs George his job: discreet homosexuality is fine, but marriage isn't, as explained by the Catholic school headmaster that employed him as a music teacher. The old young couple finds themselves temporarily homeless, or rather dependants on parents and friends who host them, but separately.
Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are excellent at playing the two husbands put to the test: rare non stereotypical gay figures on the screen, with agonizing questions (" If I never sell any paintings, will you still love me ?" Asks Ben the unsuccessful painter to his companion ), but also a lot of humour and a life of struggle and social change behind them.
The film is a fine and ultimately tender reflection on family in its most contemporary meaning , and love in the broadest sense.