Marriage, like anything worth fighting for, needs work. But what happens when the marriage goes south because neither spouse is willing to work to save the marriage?
In the new movie, The Lovers, Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracey Letts) are a married couple on the brink of divorce. Both Mary and Michael have settled into relationships outside of their marriage. Mary is seeing Robert (Aiden Gillen) and Michael is seeing Lucy (Melora Walters). Both Mary and Michael have promised their respective lovers that they speak to their spouse.
Then, out of nowhere the spark returns to Mary and Michael’s relationship and they are cheating on their lovers with each other. It soon becomes a game of how to see each other without arousing suspicion.
I really liked this movie. So much so, that it is my favorite movie of the year so far. It just feels real and the characters felt ordinary. Sometimes the best movies are not the ones where the characters experience something extraordinary, but movies about everyday people living ordinary lives. I also appreciate that both Michael and Mary are middle-aged, reflecting the reality that the possibility of romance does not end when we turn 25.
I absolutely recommend it.
The Lovers is presently in theaters.