“Love Is Strange”: After “I do” comes the hard part

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“Love is Strange” is now playing at Sundance Cinemas. R, 1:38, three and a half stars out of four.

Ira Sachs’ “Love is Strange” begins with a shot of hairy legs, intertwined in a bed. They belong to a longtime gay couple, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina), who sleep together in a bed that’s much too small for them. It’s a shot of casual, taken-for-granted domestic bliss. In public, the couple are more discreet, walking a few feet apart on the street. The world may be changing, with gay marriage now legal in their native New York City, but they’ve lived long enough to know it doesn’t change that fast.

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