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‘Love is Strange’: Ira Sachs brings a beautiful gay love story to the big screen

A new love story has made its way to the big screen on Friday (Aug. 22). Starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, the movie tells the story of a couple of nearly 40 years who deal with the challenges many gay couples have been faced with in today’s society. The film details what happens when a veteran teacher in a Catholic school is fired once he makes his sexuality public by marrying his longtime partner after same-sex marriage is legalized in the state of New York.

Director Ira Sachs and actor John Lithgow take part in an intimate conversation on their upcoming film 'Love is Strange' during AOL's Build Speakers Series at AOL Studios on August 19, 2014 in New York City.
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The unforeseen troubles and hardships the couple face from their community and employers following their marriage is straight from recent headlines. What this movie does is offer a human connection to viewers through the voices and passion of characters Ben and George played by Molina and Lithgow as after 39 years of being together, their relationship in a way just begins.

Ira Sachs, who also co-wrote the script for the movie, directed the highly acclaimed film. Sachs brings the magic of true love to the screen with the story of Ben and George and doesn’t see the movie as a message movie, but a movie that can move a few minds and one that will open conversation, specifically about family and education.

In an interview with published Saturday, Sachs says, “When I first started writing the film, I went from living alone in my apartment to living with my husband, our two babies, the kids’ mom and occasionally visiting family members. To me, that contained so much of modern and classic life, because all these questions about generations were wrapped into this one situation of having us together in this new home. So the questions of family and education, specifically of what do we teach, and learn from, other people, institutions and our parents, is really integrated into the movie. I think the film is really about me honoring my parents and their generation.”

Through his own experiences, Sachs brings the love between Ben and George alive by showing that love is love and it is an endless journey that goes through many destinations of renewal. There are hurdles that will always be there, but within its strength, there always lays a passion to move forward and prevail.

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