Love Is Strange

One of the most heartrending films ever made, Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) centers on a long-married couple who lose their home and are forced to split up, each rooming unhappily with one of their children. That story was rooted in the economic realities of the Depression, whereas this unofficial remake by writer-director Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue, Keep the Lights On) springs from the shifting social landscape of same-sex unions: the elderly sweethearts this time around are gay New Yorkers (Alfred Molina and John Lithgow) who consecrate their many years together by tying the knot but, after the marriage gets one of them fired from his job at a Catholic school, must vacate their rent-controlled apartment. Preserved from the original, and beautifully realized in Sachs’s sensitive characterization, are the pain of separation and the despair of becoming a burden on the next generation. With Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, and Charlie Tahan.