So it's been a while since my last Film Friday post, and this one is long overdue. Focusing on indie film, Love is Strange, that seems to be gaining momentum and positive attention from critics all over the place, I thought i'd give it a little write up and some attention all of my own.
So, a little back story on the film. Set in NYC it focuses on a couple who have recently tied the knot. Ben & Alfred have been happily & blissfully in love with one another for many decades yet after tying the knot Alfred runs into some trouble with his position at work after publicly & lawfully declaring he is a gay man. This drives the couple into some financial trouble and are forced to give up there beautiful apartment and home.
Their family & friends step in to give the couple some refuge while the sort out their life from scratch. This begins a sequence of events that tests Ben & Alfred's relationships and push them to their wits ends.
Overall a stunning film that has been very well cast. With great moments of clever humour that keep you on your toes in amongst real moments of heart ache & sadness. Leading to a shockingly sad ending. Don't worry... No spoiler here.
The film effectively highlights the issue that even though we live in an pretty tolerable society we still have ties to prejudice & intolerance especially in the eyes of religion. But the film doesn't focus too heavily on this fact, it moves on and explores the deep family ties of each character & how their relationship changes and is altered by the storyline. It also refreshingly portrays Ben & Alfred's relationship. Rather than branding them as GAY & making it a whole gay drama they treat it as if any couple were going through what they are. Which is what anyone in the LGBTQ community deserves, to be treated just like everyone else.
A truly encapsulating film, I was sad to leave the theatre. I wanted to know more on where the story lead and how their lives moved on and altered through time. Although it is based around two main characters, the supporting cast all pull their weight and shine on through. I like to think of Love is Strange like a NYC based Modern Family but with more drama and heartache and clever comedy.
Thoroughly recommend paying a visit to see this if you get the chance. I was not disappointed and pleasantly surprised.
Let me know what you guys thought of it..... Were you a fan?