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Alfred Molina and John Lithgow Play a Married Gay Couple in 'Love is Strange': TRAILER

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Back in January, after seeing a Sundance screening of Ira Sachs new film Love is Strange starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a just-married gay couple whose honeymoon is complicated when circumstances force them to temporarily separate, our film critic Nathaniel Rogers wrote:

Lithgow and Molina have great chemistry, never once feeling less than authentic or desexualized as elderly gay men with a forty-year history. Their lived in duet helps the film transcends the labels I've already placed on it here; it's a gay film, sure, but better than that it's a fully human one. Love is Strange has a lot more than just gay marriage with expansive ideas about aging, support networks and, brilliantly as it winds down, what the young gain from the old -- concerns that can't be reduced by sexual labels. It fully earned the copious tears and standing ovation that greeted its premiere here in Utah.

Now the film has a full trailer. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed the behind-the-scenes set shot of Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez in their cop uniforms that we posted last September, check it out HERE.

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Two Must-See LGBT Sundance Films: 'Love is Strange' and 'Appropriate Behavior'

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John Lithgow & Alfred Molina just got married in "Love is Strange"

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

I'm popping into this space from the snowy mountains of Park City, Utah, where I've been attending the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival. It kicked off the day of the Oscar nominations a week ago and in my golden-statue-mania I keep imagining it would have felt more festive had it coincided with Robert Redford's first Oscar nomination in 19 years for All is Lost. But it was not meant to be. Still Redford's legacy lives on in the most celebrated American film festival. Coincidentally, but happily given our purposes here at Towleroad, two of the best films at Sundance 2014 are LGBT films. Hopefully they'll both hit theaters or on demand or however we're watching movies next, and very soon.

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR is the perfect Iranian bisexual hipster coming-out comedy that you didn't know you needed or even wanted. But it's really good and really funny. The absurdly talented Desiree Akhavan (who some of you may know from the lesbian web series The Slope) wrote, directed and stars in the film as Shirin. She's a sharp-tongued bisexual twentysomething who is reeling from a breakup with Maxine (Rebecca Henderson) her activist vanilla girlfriend, and acting out sexually in Brooklyn.

MORE ON THESE TWO MUST-SEES AFTER THE JUMP...

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Manny Perez and Cheyenne Jackson are New York's Finest Cop Couple in 'Love is Strange': Exclusive Photo

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Love is Strange, director Ira Sachs's feature film follow-up to Keep the Lights On, is shooting in New York and stars Manny Perez and Cheyenne Jackson, who play a pair of 'New York's Finest', and a couple in the film.

Along with this exclusive behind-the-scenes photo, producers sent along a synopsis:

Academy Award-nominated John Lithgow will star alongside Alfred Molina in Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, the NYC-set drama about a just-married gay couple whose honeymoon is complicated when circumstances force them to temporarily separate.

When George (Molina) loses his job, his partner of 38 years, painter Ben (Lithgow), moves in with his nephew and George with the gay cops next door. It’s the next pic from Sachs after 2012′s award-winning Keep The Lights On and the first collaboration by longtime pals Lithgow and Molina. “We’ll be playing the main roles in the best script I’ve read in years,” said Lithgow in a statement, “a vivid portrait of marriage, with all its joy, folly, and occasional heartbreak.”

No word on how Perez and Jackson react to their new houseguest, but perhaps you can find out by beating out the highest bidders for a non-speaking walk-on role in the film over at Charity Buzz!


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