Article Title:Academy's December film: Love is Strange
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:9th December 2014 - 08:51 pm
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Text:This Saturday Auckland's Academy Cinemas will screen Love is Strange for its monthly lgbti film night. Starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, this is one not to be missed! Buy tickets here Synopsis: After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and - victims of the relentless New York City real estate market - temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bedroom. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements. Review (thanks to Academy Cinemas Staff Member Gorjan Markovski): A new facet of the quickly changing gay experience in the modern world is smartly observed in Ira Sachs’ follow-up to Keep the Lights On. While that film looked at drug abuse and its effect on gay relationships, this time he moves his attention to a more seasoned same-sex couple given the opportunity to finally tie the knot. Portrayed with tender affection by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, they just might be the most lovable onscreen couple you see all year. In tenderly wrought scenes where Sachs’ instinct for naturalistic human interactions is apparent, we see how being given the right to marriage however does not automatically solve every problem in the LGBT world, and can even introduce new obstacles. A vital conversation piece relevant to our present day also showcases touching work from its ensemble, it is no surprise this film has continued to accumulate numerous prizes since its Sundance debut. Love is Strange is showing at Auckland’s Academy Cinemas at 8.30PM this Saturday. Tickets are $18 and include a cocktail to guarantee a good night with a lively crowd! Check out the trailer below and enter to win tickets with here!   Jacqui Stanford - 9th December 2014    
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