Excerpt: The situations in the movie could only happen to these specific men, but the feelings that arise as a result are ones we can all identify with. It’s this seeming contradiction that makes LOVE IS STRANGE such an ironic title.
Excerpt: Sachs, who co-wrote Love is Strange with Mauricio Zacharias, has crafted an erudite portrait of later life. Older couples, gay or straight, aren’t exactly common in Hollywood movies, but here the filmmaker eschews the usual “old people are funny” routine for an emotional, insightful look at what it means for two aging men to have endured together so long only to be separated by happenstance and bad luck.
Excerpt: Director Ira Sachs handles it all with quiet, understated compassion, but aside from a few noticeably well-photographed scenes, and the nicely nuanced performances of the bearded newlyweds, the movie seldom rises above a workmanlike armature of social pathos.