Rated: R for sexuality and language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 5, 2017 Released by: A24 Films
The Lovers takes us into the whirl wind of a dying marriage. Tracy Letts and Debra Winger play husband and wife with a relationship that is just slightly connected. It is filled with the trash, dust and refuge of the years. It is dull and uncomfortable.
What is somewhat unusual, physical attraction reaches out to the couple even when each of them is into an affair on the side. Even with the pile of debris between the two we can't help but hope they will come together, they are after all, each victims of time and lack of attention.
But cheating has its consequences that pile up. Lying about evenings and lunches strains not only the personal relationship, but work as well. Each is unhappy in their own way, but their outside lovers are needy and demanding commitment. In particular Lucy played effectively by (Melora Walters) is a needy younger woman who becomes very emotional when Michael, the husband ( Letts) is not ready to sever his relationship with Mary ( Winger ). It would appear that he should be fearful of her open emotional outbursts. Could he be better off with her or perhaps in a far more difficult situation. Mary's lover Robert (Aidan Gillen) is also a bit younger and has need for closure of that relationship, he appears more stable than Lucy but he pushes rather forcefully for Mary's decision.
It is clear and expected that a result will occur when their son Joel (Tyler Ross ) arrives with his new young lady Erin (Jessica Sula ) to spend a weekend. His anger spills out quickly at both parents who he believes constantly lie to him and to each other. His anger destroys the introduction of his intended who is the only character in the film we can declare to be a nice, secure and stable person. She attempts to bring peace but I suspect she would have second thoughts about becoming part of that family.
The performances are stellar but not pleasant to watch even when laced with a little humor.
While the tension builds romance blooms in all the relationships and the climax is not revealed until the very end of the film. Are the woulds too deep to heal? That's the question for The Lovers.