Last night I attended a preview screening of The Lovers at Cinema Paradiso. Both written and directed by Azazel Jacobs (Doll & Em, Terri, Momma's Man), The Lovers portrays a very real tale of the extramarital activities of a couple who have fallen into a familiar rut
Mary (three time Oscar nominee Debra Winger) and Michael (Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winner Tracy Letts) have been married for as long as they can remember and with their adult son (Tyler Ross) away at college the spark has truly vanished from their relationship. They have become like passing ships in the night as they both become accustomed to the litany of repetitive excuses they each give in order to get out of the house to see their respective lovers.
We see the relationships between Michael and his kooky ballet teacher lover (Melora Walters) and Mary and her romantic wistful lover (Aidan Gillen) develop, flourish and flounder as the complications of extramarital affairs interfere. One of these complications being the confusing reigniting passion between Mary and Michael and the problems that it brings to all relationships involved.
This movie gives us a comedic, at times uncomfortable and very real insight into the lives of two people at a crossroads of their marriage.
The Lovers is exclusive to Cinema Paradiso and starts the 7th of September 2017