Title: The Lovers
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen
Runtime: 1 hr 37 mins
What It Is: Mary (Winger) and Michael (Letts) have been married for a long time.Their marriage is a loveless one. One where they rarely speak and make love even more rarely. Both of them are cheating on each other. Mary with the artist Robert (Gillen) and Michael with dance teacher Lucy (Melora Walters). As the boiling point begins to reach and Mary and Michaels son Joel (Tyler Ross) shows up with his fiance Erin (Jessica Sula) and that visit may be where it all finally does end.
What We Think: It weaves its tale with a quirk and elegance not often seen. Its protagonists are advanced in age and for a relationship like theirs that’s long in the tooth, you don’t expect what’s going on to be going on. Director Azazel Jacobs also wrote this and the dialogue is sharp as a tack at times and at others interpersonal and pangy in all the right ways. That’s the best part of the film, it’s relationships. No one feels like a bad person even though inherently their behaviors are irreprehensible.
Our Grade: B, I can tell you right now that this film is one to see. I recommend this one because you won’t see a love story or the story of delusion of love like this one. We watch them fall to pieces and put each other back together with a simple touch. As if they were meant to be but are complete poison to one and other. Winger and Letts are the keys to the whole film working. Letting Jacobs direct the film in the simplest of manners. Absolutely a surprise in its fantasticness. Check it out when you get a chance I guarantee you won’t regret it!