Love is Strange
Director Ira Sachs returns to MIFF with his new and very topical film (pictured). After almost 40 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally get married, but the Catholic school George works at isn’t happy and sacks him. What follows in this funny but poignant and relevant story will test their love. With two such strong actors in the lead roles, this sounds like a cracker of a film, and really demonstrates that love is not only strange, but universal, regardless of sexuality.
Tom at the Farm
Tom (played by writer/director Xavier Dolan) travels to a country town for the funeral of his lover, Guillaume, and discovers that the mother never knew about her son’s sexuality. Guillaume’s older brother goes out of his way to humiliate Tom.
Set in Paris, this film presents a slightly less attractive side to sexy Eastern European boys. Daniel notices Marek cruising at the Gare du Nord train station, he invites him home, but in doing so, invites a whole lot more trouble than some casual sex into his life. Director and co-writer Robin Campillo explores the seedy world of hustlers, rent boys and crime with an objective but sympathetic eye. The moral of the story? Never take a pretty boy at face value only.