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Love Is Strange: The best alternative Valentine's Day film to watch this weekend

The film follows a recently married gay couple in New York who are forced to sell their apartment after one is made redundant because of his sexuality

Daisy Wyatt
Tuesday 10 February 2015 16:34 GMT
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Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in 'Love Is Strange'
Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in 'Love Is Strange'

If you don’t fancy sitting through 125 minutes of Fifty Shades of Grey this Valentine’s Day, there are other more romantic films to watch in the cinema.

But shortly afterwards they are forced to sell their New York apartment after George gets fired from his job as a choir director in a Catholic school because of his sexuality.

With no money to afford the mortgage on their small Chelsea flat, the couple ask their tight-knit community of family and friends to help them during their crisis.

Ben and George separate and move into their friends’ spare rooms for a couple of months, during which time everyone’s relationships are put under strain.

The couple reconvene in a bar after living separately with friends

Director Ira Sachs, whose previous films include Keep the Lights On (2012), Married Life (2007) and Forty Shades of Blue (2005), says of the movie: “Love is Strange is about the ways we learn to live – how we are taught and who teaches us…how do movies teach us who we are, and what love, strange and beautiful, can look like.”

Love Is Strange is released in the UK on Friday 13 February.

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