Love Is Strange | Chicago Reader

Love Is Strange

Rated R 94 minutes 2014

One of the most heartrending films ever made, Leo McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) centers on a long-married couple who lose their home and are forced to split up, each rooming unhappily with one of their children. That story was rooted in the economic realities of the Depression, whereas this unofficial remake by writer-director Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue, Keep the Lights On) springs from the shifting social landscape of same-sex unions: the elderly sweethearts this time around are gay New Yorkers (Alfred Molina and John Lithgow) who consecrate their many years together by tying the knot but, after the marriage gets one of them fired from his job at a Catholic school, must vacate their rent-controlled apartment. Preserved from the original, and beautifully realized in Sachs's sensitive characterization, are the pain of separation and the despair of becoming a burden on the next generation. With Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, and Charlie Tahan.

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Director: Ira Sachs

Producer: Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Sherman, Blythe Robertson, Ali Betil, Abraham Brown, Marcy Feller, Gabby Hanna, Christos Konstantakopoulos, Jim Lande, Elika Portnoy, Lourenco Sant'Anna, Jim Stephens, Rodrigo Teixeira and Laura Teodosio

Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Charlie Tahan, Darren E. Burrows, John Cullum, Harriet Sansom Harris, Manny Perez and Christian Coulson

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